TED Talks: The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown

I had a long talk with Katie yesterday about the writing process and the elusive struggle to align the cross hairs that make a blog post effective, meaningful and worthwhile. Writing is much more than putting something down on paper. Let me rephrase, good writing is much more than putting something down on paper. It’s […]

The Decision to Make a Difference

I have five blogs in draft form. I could publish them today, but for the past week I’ve wrestled with which direction I want to take my blog. When I originally decided to build my own website (way back in 2003), I intended to share anomalies like the horror of finding a plain M&M in […]

Just Write

One of the perils of being human is the temptation to occupy your mind with everything other than what you want to accomplish. For the past five days, it was my turn to sit on my balcony and stare at a blinking cursor on my brightly lit screen. I’ve tried to write a new blog […]

Unmasking a History of Non-Compliance

In January 2006, I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Never could I have imagined that I would be a 25-year-old living with cancer. I’d soon find out that it wasn’t the leukemia itself that was burdensome; it was the unexpected cost of managing a chronic illness that led me astray. You won’t read that in the […]

Experiencing Freedom in Resistance

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: Before I got to North Carolina I worked in the oilfields around Buras, Louisiana. I lived in a bunkhouse with a bunch of other transient geeks. One guy had picked up a paperback about meditation in a bookstore in New Orleans; he was teaching me how to do […]

A Brand New Day

If things work out for me, I won’t be back to MD Anderson for another three months. That’s the first marker in a long line of check points I’ll face moving forward. For patients with chronic forms of leukemia, it’s often not a sprint, but a marathon. With all of the drama of the past […]

Back to Houston

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. I’ve always thought that was a clever quote, for somebody else. For years, today has always been an extension of yesterday, which started on Monday, the day that I had to go back to work or school. If I am to be honest, I […]

An Expression of Gratitude

It’s been over a month since I have taken any medication. It’s been a month of ups, downs, and a lot of waiting. In fact, I’m still waiting, but that’s okay. Recently, waiting has been a blessing in disguise. I needed the break, I was desperate for life to be normal again. Looking back, I’ve […]

Nurse Reveals Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

*I once heard some great advice that has always stuck with me. It is to live as if this is your second time through life. If you could go back and do it all over, how would your relationships be different? What things would be important? What things wouldn’t? This is an interesting dialogue about […]

Life Through Headphones

Two weeks ago, I sat in a coffee shop and stared at a blinking cursor on a blank screen. The cafe was filled with noisy conversation, a non-ambient soundtrack and customers who yelled orders over obnoxious blenders. I kept wishing things would be different, fantasizing about conversation levels dying down and hoping that people would […]