“A Journey to Hell and Back” Suze Orman

I like to share survivor stories here. I think they help us remember how far we have come and what might be possible. So today I am brining you one more survivor in a growing list of celebrity survivors. You may recognize Suze Orman, the American financial advisor, author, and podcast host. In 1987, sheContinue reading ““A Journey to Hell and Back” Suze Orman”

30 months out…

This was my Facebook post back in June. Thought I would share for anyone who has been following my recovery. _______________________________________________ Yesterday marked 30 months (2.5 years) since my surgery. Since a number of people have been asking how I am doing, I thought it was time for another recovery update. Positives: The surgeon wasContinue reading “30 months out…”

Book Review: REWIRED

Established in 2006, the CERN Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected with ependymoma (a specific type of spinal cord tumor). On their site, they share survivor’s stories. One of the survivors featured on their site is Dawn Standera, the author of REWIRED: A Story of Recovery from SpinalContinue reading “Book Review: REWIRED”

Your scars are beautiful…

I have a confession to make. I am a bit of a royal watcher. If you, like me, love a good royal wedding, then I am sure you already saw stories about Princess Eugenie’s stunning wedding gown. You probably also noticed her decision to show off her scar. If not, you can get caught up atContinue reading “Your scars are beautiful…”

Aaron’s Story

When I was first diagnosed, I remember being bombarded with information about what could go wrong. I didn’t see many examples of how this could “go right”. Then one day I stumbled upon this video. It helped me to have hope as I faced the surgery. I hope it can also help other people whoContinue reading “Aaron’s Story”


This is probably one of the most beautifully hopeful posts I have seen from someone who is sharing their post surgery experiences. Since having my surgery, I have wondered at the number of people posting photos of their scars – proudly, almost defiantly – on the Spinal Cord Tumor Association Facebook page. I have evenContinue reading “scar(r)ed.”

Tumors, Tears, and Twix

Originally posted on A Real Pain in the Neck:
I hate giving bad news. Having had training on grief counseling both in military and civilian settings, I am not a stranger to delivering bad news in my life. However, when the not-so-awesome news is about myself, I am really crappy at telling and retelling the…

Do What You Can’t

I know… it is an advertisement, but I saw it during my first week back at work after my spinal cord tumor surgery, and I have to tell you that it really resonated with me! I was feeling so broken, so fragile, so incapable of facing the challenges that were bombarding me. Then I sawContinue reading “Do What You Can’t”