April Is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month – If You Experience Difficulty Swallowing, Run Don’t Walk to Your Doctor, Please!

  APRIL IS ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Since 2000 treatment and longer survival from esophageal cancer has improved significantly. Squamous cell and adenocarcinoma are the two groups of esophageal cancer. In 2000, when my husband received his diagnosis (from acid re-flux disease) of Stage III adenocarcinoma at stomach junction (GE Junction), which included cancer visible inchesContinue reading “April Is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month – If You Experience Difficulty Swallowing, Run Don’t Walk to Your Doctor, Please!”

Discussing Mortality- It Matters

My Case for Palliative Care  Forced to face mortality is to walked through the fires of sorrow. It is not the stage on which anyone of us chooses to play. So joy in life is, so sorrow is too. When the vigil begins, is the being mortal conversation open to include family and the patient facing imminent death?Continue reading “Discussing Mortality- It Matters”

Who I Am and Why I Write

  Who Am I ARTIST PIANIST & TEACHER WRITER Why I Write I write because esophageal cancer forced my family on a journey we did not choose. I write because of the Helper I turned to when facing terminal cancer with my husband, Werner. It broke my heart, and tested my courage and faith. I write because I was his wife, lover, friend, andContinue reading “Who I Am and Why I Write”

Today I Remember A Beautiful Man

    Eleven years ago, cancer stole my husband. Sometimes it seems like yesterday when I look at is handsome face. However, of this I am certain, I was blessed to have this beautiful man in my life for almost 33 years. After navigating through the dark waves of grief, I entered the next lesson, transitions. This phase of rebuilding myContinue reading “Today I Remember A Beautiful Man”

THIRD GATE – A REQUEST

YOU MUST BE BRAVE December 2000 “You must be brave,” said my beautiful husband. You must be brave? He must be kidding. The peril we faced suffocated me. Being brave was about as far removed from me as the life we knew and the future slipping from our grasp. Where would I find the meansContinue reading “THIRD GATE – A REQUEST”