Nostalgia on New Year’s Eve

Dropped off to me during high school, while I for the third time completed the high school year at home after leaving yet again to face leukemia head-on, was a packet of photos including the following 13. It was a pleasure “flying” with you.


Total # of Eagles – 35

# of Girls – 24

# of Boys –  11

# of students with More Hair than me – All of ‘em 

# of students who rock a Hospital Gown better than me – None of ‘em


Surprise, SARAH!

In light of today being your half birthday, my dear sis, I figured the most honorable thing to do – besides informing you that December 30 marks the halfway point of you being 33 – is to write you a ladder poem of the concise variety:

S elfless as an incredible person

A dmirable as a mother to my 2 nephews & niece

R espectable as an individual

A mbitious as a go-getter in the happenings of life

H ugely helpful as a caring sister

Happy 1/2 Birthday Sarah!


Value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3b-4


I’ll start with a surprising fact, which is unrelated to the blog topic but interesting nonetheless: A little digging led me to discover that the Daddy Warbucks character in “Annie” is the same man who plays Ed Masry, Erin Brokovich’s lawyer who she also works for, in the movie “Erin Brokovich.” Albert Finney is his name.

While watching the original “Annie” on television Saturday, December 20, the television host during commercial breaks divulged tidbits about the 1982 film. Apparently, the girl who played Annie first played the understudy of Annie on Broadway. She was chosen out of 8,000 girls to play Annie in the movie. The curly-haired red wig she wore was so uncomfortably itchy, the designers made a special comb for the girl to use between takes.

It was only after hearing that behind-the-scenes information that I decided it was time to share my own personal wig views, expressed in two lists written in July 2008. It should also be noted that my opinion & comfort level are just that: my own . . . Whatever you want & feel comfortable with is UP TO YOU to decide.

The Top 10 Reasons Why a Wig is DEFINITELY Not for Me


  1. It’s not your own real hair. 


  1. It’s not easily removable like a hat (especially for cooling down). 


  1. It would be itchy and uncomfortable. 


  1. I don’t want one.


  1. I’d make fun of myself. 


  1. I’d feel like a rat was on my head. 


  1. I’d have to touch it and wash it. 


  1. I’d be self-conscious and embarrassed. 


  1. It would touch my skin and totally gross me out. 


  1. I’ve grown to love my bald head.



The Top 10 Reasons Why Nagging Me about Wearing a Wig is USELESS


10. I don’t want to wear a fake piece of hair on my head (regardless if it’s made of real hair, it’s fake to ME). 

9. It stresses me out and stress is bad for health.

8. I am saddened that no one listens to me saying that I don’t want a wig.

7. I am frustrated that I’m not treated with respect on this issue. 

6. I don’t demand other people to style their own head the way I prefer. 

5. I will not change my mind.

4. Other people don’t know what is best for me. 

3. My heart sinks each time the topic is addressed because conflict inevitably arises.

2. Other people’s reasoning is based on their own inclination. 

1. It makes me like other people a lot less.

Tales of a Teenage Braceface

This top 10 list came to life following a ton of my time as a teenager spent admitted in the hospital:

The Top 10 Signs You’re in the Hospital Too Much

10. You can’t go anywhere in public without seeing a doctor you know. 

9. The housekeeping staff knows how you like your morning coffee.

8. You know to request a single room with a shower.

7. You know the code to the nurses’ supply room for extra socks and blankets.

6. You answer to the name ‘Patient’ as readily as your given name.

5. You no longer notice the distinctive “hospital smell.”

4. Meal tickets for the cafeteria are automatically sent to your room because you know from experience to avoid hospital trays.

3. Your goal to visit every type of specialized doctor is almost complete.

2. Your hospital bracelet is the only jewelry you wear.

1. You no longer flinch at the sight of a needle, but instead start looking for your easiest accessible vein.

Post-Blood Draw

This photo is Post-Blood Draw, & also shows my best vein after all these years, the big one in the crook of my left arm.


#7’s My Favorite

Snow, where are you?

Snow, where are you?

Emailed from a friend & worth sharing: “Someone has written these beautiful words. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow all the time.” 

1) Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble; it is a “steering wheel” that directs us in the right path throughout life.

2] Do you know why a car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.  

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.  

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can’t last long either.  

5] Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!  

6]  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!”  

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eyesight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision.”  

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.