That Reminds Me of a Story…


(see health update on last post below – next one coming by Thanksgiving, with my next scan coming the day before)

A few weeks ago while on what has become my every other week trip to the local Trader Joe’s grocery; (In the interest of story brevity; I’m just going to assume you know what Trader Joe’s is (if not, here you go).

I was simultaneously impressed, amused, and annoyed by a Wed. eve. run to Trader Joes…as I knew it would be really busy (and knowing I’m not steady enough on my feet for lots of spacey distracted shoppers); I opted for the motorized cart – which stopped being a fun alternative after about the 2nd time.
After the mgr went way out of his way to get an immobilized cart running for me – then track me down to let me know so….

When people see the cart & the cane, their helpful natures come out; everytime I looked perplexed or like I was efforting to do something, I had someone stepping up to offer assistance – they just didn’t understand that I always look like that (I’d thank them for their concern, and let them know that I was in control of the situation, unless it involved making a decision or fighting my way to the samples counter). Very sweet, genuinely kind people…some might be offended by offers of help, so good on them for just putting it out there (cuz sometimes people just don’t feel like asking for help when they need it)

But, for all the verbal helpfulness, the masses still made my shopping experience a difficult one by stumbling around like it was the first time they’d been to a grocery store before; thankfully, I know how to anticipate others’ unpredictable movements, which usually means I pause before a blind corner; annoying all behind me, until they’d see some very distracted, rushed person flying around said corner w/ their head down. Or stumbling around in front of displays, which I can also predict & pause my path so as to avoid the eventual collision. Annoying those same fellow shoppers, who didn’t understand the idea of looking several steps to avoid catastrophic results (true visionaries are never appreciated in their time)

As my body becomes more and more unsteady, or at least doesn’t improve; I’ve found myself taking the occasional fall (nothing too serious, just seriously embarrasing). I’m having to face the prospect of a life (however long it would be) of significantly diminished physical abilities.

Perhaps my takeaway from this whole story was an interesting study in good intentions(in the vein of “let me know what I can do to help“); perhaps it was more a reflection of my own selfishness (having come to both anticipate & expect a certain response to the visually obvious disabilities I’m sporting these days…perhaps I just needed to put something up here again, and this story was as good as any( they can’t all be prize winners)

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Many times in life, it seems you’ve got the map in hand, with a few select destinations in mind.  Then, on occasion, by intent or by adjusting to new circumstances, that map gets tossed out the window, leading to an entirely different journey than you would have ever planned for yourself. Better or worse is moot in the midst of that wind of adventure blowing in your face, knowing you’ve strayed far off the path of predictability…perhaps never to return.

This Sunday (Aug. 14) marks the three year point from my first tumor surgery ; the diagnosis date was back in July;  but my July was a little too chaotic for me to have caught that one. I thought it was high time to outline for the purpose of bringing latecomers up to speed. Further deep analysis contained within the larger blog; as much as I’d like to provide a poignant, well-written summation of my personal growth journey held within this timeline of events; the internet is not that big, nor is my mental & physical energy reserve.  Enjoy this virtual walk/click down memory lane, and thank you for having joined me along the journey; it means more than a little blog post could possibly express. (more…)

Health update:
not much new to report since last time,although my seizures have begun returning, and we’ll see if chemo this week increases them or does nothing….. I’ll be in touch…

In wanting to keep words coming of my brain while the machinery still works up there, even when I don’t have any thing deep or profound to discuss, I’ve decided to write down stories from photos I have lying around: looking at pictures makes me say, “That reminds me of a story,.’ so I’m going to try sharing those stories as much as I can (many of you might have been first-hand players in those stories, and can lend any supporting details in the comments).

First up: this little beauty.

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Horribly  outdated Health update, which shall soon be updated with the lots that has
happened in the past few weeks: when last I left you, my latest MRI tracking the continued growth of that nasty glioblastoma  in my head showed that the most recent form of chemo wasn’t doing the job, so I had decided it was time go all in Naturopathically, with ongoing assistance and navigation from the traditional med. docs, who are pretty smart folks and have managed to Keep me going well thus far. Lately, I’ve been having increased seizures, which really do little but keep me from driving and provide a lot of inconvenience.  Never boring here…

In the spirit of  returning to long neglected writing categories, I’m realizing I
haven’t spun a ripping good yarn lately.. Let’s remedy that, shall we? (more…)

(Health update below: thanks for checking in!)

“So, what do YOU remember from this day, nine years ago?” (more…)

(Health update below – this is just a fun one)

We always remember our many “firsts” in life… (more…)

Alright, so after a ridiculous absense, I decided it’s time to get back at this word-crafting thing.  Let’s blame my Grad School program for stunting my creative juices & energies (not to mention wearing down my eyes to the point where any unnecessary screen time is a luxury I can’t afford); it’s true what they say about academic writing being the plague on creative writing.

Gather ’round, kids, for you’re about to hear a tale of wonderment, mystifydom, and magicality… (more…)

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