Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Halloween

It’s been a draining week. Let’s finish with something good. The twins’ Halloween costumes. Katie’s a princess. Yes, a 7-year-old girl being a princess for Halloween. ...

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Not Just Bad

Susan’s good stretch lasted maybe 20 hours. In hindsight, maybe it was foolish of me to hope that it would last much longer than that. In fact, I had hoped that she’d be OK for weeks, ...

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A Chance to Talk

By the end of Monday, I didn’t really think I’d ever get a chance to talk with Susan — my real Susan — again. And that, more than any of the other fifty things that have ...

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Getting the Ending Right

Yesterday’s trip to the oncologist taught me exactly how easy it is to hear what you want to hear. Specifically, when last week I heard “dramatic improvement,” what I ...

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Hard Weekend

Last weekend was the most difficult I’ve ever had, but it feels too personal; I don’t feel like I have the right to write about it yet. Plus, I don’t have the will. The short ...

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Have Some Pie

Imagine — or try to, anyway — that you were expecting news that your favorite person in the world, the person you had chosen to live your life with, was about to die. But first, in ...

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Waiting

First, some great news: Susan’s back. She’s able to get around again. She’s able to speak complete thoughts again. And — this is the biggest relief to me — ...

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Jumbled Mess

I love stories. I love listening to people tell stories, and I love to cram my own experiences into stories, changing, creating, and ignoring events as necessary to fit the pace I like. ...

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Things Aren't Good

Susan couldn’t breathe last night, so she got her first ride in an ambulance. We spent most of last night in the emergency room, but Susan’s case isn’t the kind of emergency ...

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