March 17, 2019

"My Mommy doesn't have cancer."


We were two-thirds into our Inheritance of Hope Kendra Scott Legacy Retreat. This retreat was exclusively for families with children who have a parent with metastatic breast cancer. 

Each morning we were divided into small groups, the kids by age. In front of London and Quinn were a coupl...

January 4, 2018

Does this angle make my wounds look open to you? 

I'm looking in the bathroom mirror after my shower. The eucalyptus scented vapors are dissipating.

Eucalyptus, because the jury is still out on the relationship between lavender and estrogen and hormone positive breast cancers....

The adhesive used on my port site last week cau...

October 24, 2017

"These are Third Grade monkey bars." 


Quinn had climbed the three-step ladder and stretched her arms to demonstrate the bars were just beyond her reach. 

The sun was bright, the afternoon was mild, and when I fetched the girls from kindergarten, we peeled sweaters and walked to the playground instead of the car. They were sh...

October 1, 2017

October 1st. The starting line of that marathon called Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Though if you were to walk through the Pink Door House right now, you could look around and quickly surmise that October started pushing it's weight around here sometime in mid-September.

I felt it, truly felt it, last night. I was frantical...

September 1, 2017

Four days to Forget Cancer. A year ago, I wrote those words in this post about a long weekend spent at Priest Lake. 

It's still true.

It's still my place.

This July, Mom and Dad rented a house on the beach for a full week...

Perfection.

Our own little spot to master sand castle engineering.

Clear, shallow waters for hours of spl...

August 21, 2017

Big news! I am honored to be nominated for a 2017 WEGO Health Award alongside two of my IBC (S)Heroes.

From TheIBCNetwork.org:

WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Patient Leaders. They connect with countless patient advocates, influencers, and experts who are helping others and tra...

August 4, 2017

Instead of my usual two hour drive east, I'm receiving chemo in the local hospital today. The one where I gave birth to Eli three years ago.

In many ways, it all began in this building. 

The sounds from those memories are out of harmony with the IV drip. 

Memories of the first time I cried through breastfeeding my newbor...

June 4, 2017

I read recently that parenting is simultaneously celebrating accomplishments and milestones, while grieving each stage that is left behind. In the fall, London and Quinn will start kindergarten. May brought with it preschool graduation...one step closer to those long days where their giggles fill classroom walls instead of...

February 26, 2017

"Umm...why is there a dent in my arm?"
 
We were both brushing our teeth. Getting ready to face the day. Preschool drop-off. Milk run. Mediating decisions like Octonauts versus My Little Pony.
 
We live large.
 
The fleshy part of my arm, just below my elbow, was firmer than usual and sporting a welt about the size of...

February 25, 2017

Wine. Dice. And....Lash Booster? You can never predict which way the conversation will flow on Ladies' Night. This was our most recent. And why wouldn't it be? A miracle treatment for naturally fuller, longer eye lashes? Because...eye lashes!!

I couldn't help but think, My lashes have never really been the same since I lost...

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