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MY Big Fat Life – Tolerance, Acceptance, Pray Away The Gay, and Facebook

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 at 12:20 am

Recently I was unfriended on Facebook.

Before I start to sound like a whiny teenager (soory teens, but you really do get freaked out about this stuff) I have to say this was someone I considreed a realy close friend at one time. Since unfriending on social media is the new “I don’t want to be your friend anymore” talk, of course it is going to sting a bit.

The reason why I was unfriended is what really gets me though. I had posted on someones page about my journey this past year. She (the friend) somehow took it as me saying you can *pray away the gay*. Gosh how I despise that saying. I wasn’t even saying that. In fact, I never even said that people can “pray away the gay”. However I also won’t minimize the role my faith has served in how things have changed for me this past year. But that change was between God and I, and a change in my faith, not some act of praying anything away.

See, I know how that “pray the gay away” thing works. It doesn’t. At least not in the traditional way the church teaches. I’ve been there. I have spent countless hours seeking pastoral counsel, asking for prayer at the altar, talking to people, praying for God to take the thoughts away, to remove the attraction, to not send me to hell because I couldn’t seem to control my thoughts when I saw an attractive woman, and pretty much everything else I could think of to “pray away the gay”. I know how hurtful that saying can be, and I know the damage it can do.

None of the above mentioned acts changed who I was. Of course they didn’t, because I was going through church approved actions expecting a result. I was in desparate places begging for changes, change of mind, change of desire, change of who I was. But none of those things changed who I was, and unless you have been there you can’t really understand that conflict between someone who identifies as a lesbian, and their faith. You can’t understand that pain that comes with it; the feeling that somehow God just doesn’t care and tossed you to the dogs to fight this conflict on your own. It really bothers me that someone could even think they have the right to challenge me on my own personal journey from where I have been, to where I am.

Let me set this out there right now. I don’t know where people stand in their own life. I can only say this is where I am, and my change came from a very quiet place between God and I, and I won’t deny the faith factor because it makes someone else uncomfortable or feeds into their need to define me based on their experiences.

I understand there will be people who will think I am really bi, or wasn’t even a lesbian at all because of this. But that isn’t their right. It isn’t my right to define you, and it isn’t your right to define me. I have no desire to even start to tell people how to *pray away the gay*. So please don’t point fingers and demand that people accept and tolerate you and your choices, while choosing to define and accuse me for living mine. Especially if you have never lived a majority of their life struggling with the idenity of your sexuality, and faith. You don’t get it.

Someone said it perfectly to me recently. He said ” I’ve found that intolerant people are just that. Usually in most aspects of their lives… So all you really lost I suppose is a person who thinks it’s ok to be them but it’s not ok to be you.” His words have stuck with me this past week, and made a real difference. It’s so true. In fact, it’s so perfectly said I don’t even need to elaborate.

With that, I will just leav this here. This is the song that came to my mind when I thought about writing this blog. I was going to post something else, but I came right back to this. I think it’s because I am not angry, I am more hurt than anything. I think this song perfectly reflects the place where I am writing this from. This life has too much sepration amongst us all. It would be such a bettrer place if we could somehow find a place where we respect each other for who we are, and not what we are.

Peace.

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My Big Fat Life – I’m Not Gay

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm

This is possibly one of the most difficult blogs I have had to write.

I know this will be pretty unpopular, and I am prepared for the backlash of previous readers, but it’s something I simply need to talk about.

When I started this blog I was hurting.. really hurting.. from the break up of the relationship with my *now* ex Registered Domestic Partner. I was in a place where grief seemed pretty all consuming, and I had no doubt I was truly devastated that things didn’t work out. I also didn’t question my sexuality, because as far back as I can remember, I was attracted sexually to women. Things with men didn’t seem to *work* in a lot of ways, and things just seemed so much more natural with women.

When I was in my relationship with the ex, there was one guy I had met that I was attracted to, and it surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to do with the attraction I felt, and I put it away. The word ‘bisexual’ in the LGBT community is one that is often seen with a lot of discrimination, and prejudice. I didn’t think I was bisexual (and I don’t think I am now), but I also didn’t know what to think.

I continued to date women after the ending of that relationship. Though I wrote about those relationships from time to time, I also kept a lot of it to myself. I never really liked the idea of writing about my dating life to begin with. One, I didn’t want to make the person uncomfortable, and two.. well, I didn’t want to write about it and then when it ended have it be another failed relationship that became the focus of my writing.

When Gabriel had his surgery last year, and I was in a relationship at that time. I won’t go into details about what happened, though I know a lot of it I under a tremendous amount of stress. I was also at a cross roads in my personal life.

When you are faced with the reality of life in such a raw way, you start to ask yourself questions. You start to wonder if you are really on the right track in your own life. Maybe career, personal life, romantic relationships, friendships.. so many areas. I thought I had known who I was, what I wanted, where I wanted to be. I had plans for life, and I was trying to live out my goals the best I could.

I am not so sure anymore.

The past 6 months, I have been on some dates. All those dates were with men.

Now, please hang with me. I know some of you are automatically labeling me as a bisexual. I can almost hear my ex screaming “I knew it!” in the background (that is in no way to suggest she is actually doing so), but let me make this clear.. I do not label myself as a bisexual. In all honesty, labeling me is the least important thing about this entry.

Over this past year a lot of things have changed in my life, and one of those changes has been what I feel I desire in a relationship. I can’t explain to you exactly where and when my heart changed, but I can tell you that today.. here behind the screen of the computer.. is a woman who realized that I am not the certified, card carrying, absolute lesbian I believed I was born to be. I am a woman who doesn’t want to label herself in anyway, other than to say that I fully believe that dating women is not where I want to be anymore. It’s not where I believe I am to be anymore.

I am not sure how to even begin to talk about why I believe the changes came about without sparking some serious debate about faith, but yes.. I am a Christian. I have never hid the fact that I believe in God, and I can’t explain how these drastic changes in my very being have taken place because it’s such a personal experience. I can only tell you my experience is that I am no longer attracted to women either sexually or romantically.

So there you have it.

I’m not gay.

My Big Fat Life – What Are You Staring At?

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I used to get really offended when kids would stare at Gabriel when we are out in public. You see, because of the prednisone doses, Gabriel has been dealing with a suppressed immune system. Because of this, when we go out I make him wear medical masks to reduce his chances of walking into a cloud of droplets when kids (or adults) cough and sneeze, and fail to cover it up. This isn’t a hard concept to learn, yet I see people fail to do this all of the time.

Lately I have come to the conclusion that kids are just going to gawk at my child no matter what, and it’s not a reflection of crappy parenting, kids are just naturally curious and lack the politically correct barriers we enforce on everyone else around us. What I haven’t come to accept yet, are the adults that not only gawk, but I have seen whisper and then giggle while looking at my son. This isn’t even a politically incorrect response, it’s just a social douche move. I can handle the kids gawking, but the adults who lack any social grace just annoy the heck out of me. I’ve started just looking right at them, and informing them that my son isn’t contagious, I am protecting him from people. Yes, maybe a snarky response, since I am also giving them the “people like you” look when I say it, but really.. what the heck?

As if my son doesn’t already feel weird about the weight gain from the prednisone, he now has to deal with wearing a mask which further singles him out, just so he can have some sense of normalcy in his life, by getting to go out and do things. Add the fact that kids and adults (who should know better) stare, and it’s not exactly the most amazing experience to go out in public anymore.

I thought I would share a thought that may help with the social experience if you ever find yourself in the space that you are staring in curiosity, that would not only remove any idea that you may be one of those people who lack any social swag, but would also make the person on the receiving end of your stare, maybe a bit more happy. It’s really easy.

Smile.

Yes, just smile. No, not one of those douche snark ew-what’s-wrong-with-you smiles, but just a nice kind smile. If you find yourself staring at the guy in the wheelchair, or he kid with a medical mask on, and they see you.. smile. Make it look like a moment you are offering a moment human connection, and just smile. I would much rather you smile at my child than give him on of those expressionless stares, and whispering giggles. Okay, so you are probably stating and wondering what is going on, or maybe you are thinking to yourself some expression of sadness for whatever it is that ails a person to be in that position to begin with. Whatever it is that is going through your mind, just please find a way to offer up a genuine and kind smile. A kind, generous and often welcome response to whatever it is you are thinking can make all the difference to the person of your curiosity.

As for your children, it’s okay. Maybe not to other moms, I can’t speak for them, but I can speak for myself. Just perhaps if you notice your child staring, use that moment to teach your child to smile in response to making eye contact with other people. When you get to your car, share with them that sometimes people look different and that is okay, and a smile is an appropriate and polite way to quietly greet others. Can you imagine the way we could change the way we interact with others by simply teaching our children, and ourselves, to smile at other people?

That would be a wonderful thing.

Last night Gabriel had some pain, and it bothered him up most of the night. It was in his shoulder, which is one of the symptoms that we typically deal with when fluid starts to build up around his heart. Thankfully it is now 8 in the evening and it never progressed, so I am relax a bit with the hopes it was just a random ache or pain.

Since today is Monday, that means another taper of the prednisone and it being the 2nd of the month, it means this is the start of his very last taper. I always find myself riding the wave of anxiety when the time draws closer for him to go off of the security of the prednisone, but this time we have that little purple pill on board (colchicine), and so I am trying to let the cautious hope ease the crop in that wave, just a bit. I’m not really doing such a great job of it, but after months of having been in this place before, I am learning some coping skills. One is that I am shutting down emotionally from those around me, but I am not shutting people out. In the past, I just went into emotional survival mode and shut everyone out, with all of my energy focused on trying to ride the wave without falling off and belly flopping into my metaphoric ocean of anxiety. Now, I am still in that place, but I am learning to ask for a hand from those I trust will help catch me. I’m still not 100% with this skill, but I am getting better.

I still don’t have a lot to give out to those around me during this stage of the process, and I am learning to be okay with that. I used to put a lot of expectation on myself to meet the expectations of those around me, even in my stress, but that would just weigh even heavier on me, and honestly I can’t do it. I am learning to identify the difference of the expectations of others put on me, those I put on myself, and the reality of what I should take on at any given moment. That might sound like a big lesson, but really I am just living it one moment at a time.

Now if we could just live human connection, one smile at a time…….

(Gabriel at the grocery store. As my daughter, Sarah, recently acknowledged on a recent shopping trip.. no, I don’t mess around with the cereal)

Gabriel Shopping

 

 

My Big Fat Life – It Came In On a Dark Horse Comic

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Gabriel, he started a new taper to his prednisone yesterday (the Dr. had him do it a day late, since we typically do it on a Monday) and he is holding on this dose until he sees the Dr. again on the 12th. Other than some random pains that haven’t amounted to anything, he seems to be tolerating the taper pretty well, though the taper has never been the problem. It’s when he goes off the prednisone completely, that we seem to run into trouble.

This first week of May was pretty busy. On the 1rst, Dark Horse Comics made a special allowance, and invited Gabriel into their offices for a private tour. He and his brothers got to sit at the conference table, where some pretty cool things happen in the world of graphic novels and comic books. They were given a demonstration on how the art comes to life, and given some of the coolest goodie bags afterwards. Right before they left the conference room though, Aub (PR guy) let Gabriel keep a copy of the graphic R.I.P.D. which was displayed on the wall of the conference room. Since this is one of Gabriel’s favorite movies, he was pretty stoked. I hadn’t heard him let out a victory whoop like that, in months. Aub was pretty much my personal hero that day.

I don’t typically post things I have written prior to posting, because everything I post is something I am writing I the moment. However, I wanted to share something I wrote on April 30th, knowing that May is going to be the month we most likely find out if the Colchicine works. As the time draws closer, I panic a little more and try to find the good in all I can, in the moment.

April 30th 2014
It’s 2:38am. I’m exhausted, and quite possibly too tired to sleep. I’m sitting on my kitchen table, with the patio door open, and listening to the wind gently blow against the leaves like a perfectly written symphony. Boys and dog sleeping, the faint lights of planes as they fly over, and me. Just me. It was just me and a spoonful of whipped cream, but that’s done, and now it’s just me and a naked spoon. If I believed time could give hugs, this is what I imagine it would feel like. If I believed time could kick ass, April is what I imgine it would it bruise like. But if time truly does heal, then the future is what I hope it looks like. #Peace #Hope #BuyMoreWhippedCreamLaterToday

One week down.

(Gabriel sitting at the conference table at Dark Horse Comics 5/1/2014)

Dark Horse

 

 

 

 

 

My Big Fat Life – Gabriels Heart

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

The Cardiologist spoke with me the day before yesterday, and after speaking with the surgeon, they  have finally decided to do a CT Scan or an MRI on Gabriel, to take a closer look at things and make sure they aren’t missing anything. I am both happy they are finally doing this, and terrified they might find something that will require another surgery. They are supposed to call me Monday to schedule this, so I will be sure to write an update soon.

In considering that they might have to do another surgery, I go into an instant mode of fear. I am really struggling with the fear of having to watch my son go through that whole process again. It just makes me so sad for him. I am trying really hard not to borrow that worry, but I have to prepare myself for the possibility that this could happen.

 

My Big Fat Life – I Learned.

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Yesterday Gabriel had another echo to check things out, since it was his two week mark of being off of the prednisone. If we can make it a few more weeks without a flare, then his chances of having made it over the bump, may have finally arrived. I’m still holding my breath a bit, but I will be so happy to finally take a breath in and let it out. That means I haven’t unpacked the hospital bag just yet, and keep it ready to go at a moments notice.I have learned a lot about what it means to be a Mom to a child who has struggled with his health. I learned that it takes a lot out of you, but it also teaches you just how important your role as a parent is. It’s more than peanut butter smeared on the counter tops, sibling rivalry, long nights, and early mornings. It is a special place of your life that carries so much joy in the midst of the battles, where you realize the strength of your children teaches you more than any parenting book ever could, and wherever your children go you will always be as well.

Since I have been relaxing a bit, I have been reflecting on what I have taken from the last 7 months. So much has changed about me. Nothing quite shakes your life up and forces you to reevaluate every thing you stand for, other than standing by as you watch someone you love struggle as a machine breathes for them. Suddenly in that moment you are faced with every truth, every moment you let slip by, every time you didn’t bend and compromise when you should have, or bent too far and settled for less than what you wanted in this life.

In the past 44 years of my life, I have seen some pretty horrible things in people. I have been on the receiving end of their bad choices, and I am sure I have hurt people along the way myself. There have been things that happened, that reminded me that I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for, and things that have brought me to my knees and reminded me just how weak I truly am. The past 7 months though, I learned something about myself I wasn’t expecting. I learned how that it’s okay to be weak while standing strong, and it’s cool to admit that. That opened a door for me to be honest with myself in ways I wasn’t exactly ready to embrace, but I was finding the courage to.

Let me say that something I always prefer not to do, is write about the people I date. I have been asked in the past to write something, or share, but there is always this apprehension. If the relationship fails it’s just documentation of your failures. Once the words are out there, there is not taking them back. You can erase them, you can hide them, you pretend you never wrote them…. but there they are. I don’t like people knowing my secret spaces, thoughts, fears or failures. It’s always kept me a safe distance, and provide an easy escape if things go awry. On the other side of that, I don’t like talking about the break ups for the same reasons. It’s just another documentation of a failure, and heaven knows none of us need that. After all, this whole blog was birthed from a failed relationship. Who needs more evidence that love is difficult? Having said that, I am pretty sure that you have been able to gather from previous posts, that my last relationship didn’t survive the process of my sons surgery and subsequent illness over the last 7 months.

When Gabriel was sick, I stayed with him the hospital every moment of every day. When I wasn’t watching him take every single breath, and keep my eyes on the monitors, I was faced with some hard truths about me. One of those things that would forever change me as a person, is that I have a much different view on what love looks like than I used to. I used to think it was all about compromise and giving in, rather than giving up. God, I am so sick of giving in. For all of the people I have allowed into my life, and compromised for in the name of love, I spent a tremendous amount of time settling for what someone else wanted, rather than what I needed. I learned what I need is consideration. I do not want to be smothered, I don’t want to be ignored. I simply want to be the balance of being considered. There is a lot of power in that realization. This extends beyond romantic relationships. It defines so many levels of communication I share with others. Yes, life is compromise. When the cost is yourself though, that’s one hell of a price tag.

I learned that there is nothing more important than the people you can be yourself around, and still love you. I learned that it’s okay to cry and want to be held quietly. I learned it’s okay to say “no” and hold to it. I learned it is okay to say “yes” and that follow through with action is just as important as the word itself. I learned to not stress over the little battles and to pick up only the big ones. I learned to smile more, and that life is really more worthy to spend with joy in your heart if you can find it. If you find something, or someone, that makes you smile.. go for it. I learned to talk to people more. I learned to hug strangers that are family in the walk. I learned that for someone who loves words, touch is the most affirming and comforting expression to me. I learned that grief can teach you more about love and life, than a single person. I learned that consideration is not the same as smothering someone with attention. In light of that, I learned I don’t like to be smothered with attention. I learned that hope is a four letter word that can provoke anxiety. I learned that instead of hoping for the best, to just live in the now and take the changes as they come while hoping they change. I learned if circumstances don’t change, I can.

 

Most importantly I learned that life is here and now. It’s not planning for 15 years from now, not for a month from now. It is right now. I don’t want to spend the last moments of my life on this earth regretting the ways I wasted my time, or the risks not taken. I don’t want to lose another moment of being afraid of what could happen, and just embracing what is set in front of me. Having said that, I also learned to not be afraid of some changes I found myself experiencing. I learned that in those moments of facing myself, that I am attracted to men and I am learning more about what that means to me.

I also just learned how scary that was to tell you that.

My Big Fat Life – Waves

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

When I was pregnant with Isaac and Gabriel, I went through a very dark place in time. It was really difficult. I carried death and life with me every single moment. I couldn’t walk away from it, I couldn’t deny it. Every time I looked down, or in a mirror, there it was. I was pregnant with a son who would not live, and a child who would work so hard just to live.

The time I went through was one of the worst times of my life. It took me a lot to make it through that time. I yelled at God, I screamed at people I loved and cared about, and I often struggled with analyzing every single thing I did that could have caused the pregnancy to turn out like it did. Every medication, every food, every breath. It just seemed I couldn’t get out of trying to figure out what I could have done differently. The truth is, there is nothing. I understand that now, but try telling that to myself 13 years ago, was a whole other story.

When I was assured more than once, that Gabriels heart was okay after her returned from the NICU, it took me time to chill the heck out. I watched him breathe, a lot. Every little sniffle was a red alert to me, and I just wanted to be on high alert. It took time for me to get out of that crisis mode. Years even.

When this past June it was discovered that in fact he did have a heart defect since birth, every single fear that lay in hibernation, emerged and with a roar. When I stood out in the hallway and the very doctor that told me so many times before my son was okay, was now telling me that they found something.. my whole world changed. I changed. Not who I am as a person, but how I see things. Things that I used to get really upset over, are now no longer the biggest things for me to stress about anymore. Yet some things I never considered I really thought about, I think about a lot more. Like, if today was the last day I was to live, would I be happy with where my life is? Would I regret something? Would I have wished I didn’t compromise the things I really believe in, just to make others happy?

I also find that I often get really annoyed with some people easier. In me, I know that all people go through things that are relative to them, and while it might seem trivial to me, to them it is a big deal. It’s happening in their life. Yet, sometimes I cringe when I hear people complain about the cold their child has, or they lost a whole hour of sleep because their spouse refused to get up to help. I look around me and I think of the times I wished I had someone in the house to help, or how a cold would be such a blessing in comparison to what my child is struggling with. There are days I don’t even get to change from my pajamas before 5pm, let alone  have a moment to myself to even think about the last time I sat down to eat.

I am also starting to understand why they say some marriages and relationships don’t survive the struggles people face when a child becomes ill. It’s taken a toll on friendships and relationships in my life. Just when I think I can catch my breath, I spend an hour in the doctors office, or the ER, or with a specialist, and I am right back in crisis mode all over again. I ride this constant wave. Some days I just want to turn my phone off, and ignore everyone so I can catch my breath. Some days I just feel incapable of giving to others outside of the boys. That includes myself.

I am not sure when I will finally be able to sleep a full night without waking up to look at Gabriel to make sure he is still breathing, again. I am not sure when I will be able to wear mascara again to a doctors appointment, or when this wave will crest and then crash. I have no idea. I have no idea about anything anymore. I do know that I am beyond thankful for my children, I am beyond thankful for the people who love me. I also know that I am working through so much and I need understanding from those around me as I rise and fall over and over again. I need to be selfish right now. If that is even what it is called. Is it selfish to want to just not think for a day? I don’t know. If it is, I need it. I am not ignorant to the things relationships in our lives to survive. But I also know life brings highs and lows and seasons are not always equal. What we put out isn’t always what we are going to get in return, because life in all of it’s idealistic simplicity, just doesn’t work that way. Sometimes we need to be the stronger one for the other. Sometimes we need to be the cheerleaders. Life is not this perfect balance. I wish it was, but for all the self motivational memes on Facebook of idealistic quotes, it just isn’t. It’s impossible to explain to those around me who have never had a child with an illness. But even then, pain is all relative to our life, right?

In the medium, I would like to say that if you are reading this and you have a little one at home with a cold that has kept you awake all night, know that there are some parents out there tonight who would give anything to be in your place with their own child. If the worst thing that happened to you today is that someone cut you off in traffic and you forgot to get peanut butter at the store, be thankful. If you know someone going through a tough time, be there … unconditionally. For all the things you are feeling, you have no idea what it is like to be where they are. They might appreciate that smile on your face more than you realize, even if they look back at you with tears in their eyes.

My Big Fat Lesbian Life -The Divine Comedy AKA The Marriage Bed

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

This past April, marked 2 years since I got rid of the ex. I was able to just recently get rid of her bed. If I had replaced it already, I would be jumping up and down on it, but I haven’t yet. When I do, I will. A lot.

If you’ve read along, you know that the bed has been a source of contention for me. It’s not like any great sex took place between her and I on the thing. Had she not been there, I am sure the sex would have been perfect. However, she was and coupled with the fact I spent more than my share of nights falling asleep crying, it came to represent all things awful.

It feels so good to not have to share space with her anymore. So very, very good.

I haven’t had the ability to tear the bed down again, so it stayed in the room I used to not get laid in share, with my ex wife. I tried to sleep in it, only to have horrible nightmares. Which just solidified my belief that it was the fabric equivalent to The Divine Comedy.

Before the bed was taken apart, I snapped some pics and planned to sell the bed frame. I quickly made the listing on Craigslist and waited. It wasn’t long before I actually got a serious offer, and decided to meet the woman who was so graciously offering me money to remove something so ghastly, from my home. We loaded the frame into the van, met her at a store, loaded the bed into her truck, and in all honesty I just couldn’t take her money. I don’t believe in talking about giving, I think it is nothing more than showing how awesome you want everyone to think you are, but there is a story here. I gave it to her. I just felt moved by the spirit that she needed the bed frame, and in all honesty, she was doing me a favor by taking it.

The mattress was set outside the dumpster area. I didn’t even bother trying to list it, because most people wouldn’t take a used mattress. So it was set out there, and then it was gone within hours. As we were walking across the parking lot, one of the neighbors made mention that she just found the most awesome mattress outside, and swapped it out for her worn out one.

What was a horrible ghost to me, was let go at the perfect time for someone else. I love it when things like that happen.

My big Fat Lesbian Life – This Is What It Is About

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Looking back at some of the things I have written, I am almost amazed at just how much shit I put myself through. A lot of it could have been avoided or ended way sooner if I had just not engaged myself. Yet at the same time, it has chronicled a journey I have been on. Healing from grief, realizations about myself as a woman and life. If you’ve ever played video games, or watched someone, think of it as standing in a room. You need to find a clue or whatever, to move to the next level. You have opened ever single door and window until  you click on the bookshelf and suddenly a hidden door reveals itself. On the other side all of these really cool things are just there. You can’t imagine how you even managed to make it this far in the game without knowing about the things you are about to pick up and experience. Given it is a video game example, but it’s exactly like that.

That’s worth waiting for.

My Big Fat lesbian Life – Valerie Harper, Cancer & My Son Is Coming Home Today.

In Uncategorized on March 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Today is March 7th 2013 and today is the day that my son will be home. It’s been a little over two years, a cancer diagnosis, 5 surgeries and heaps of tears since I have laid my eyes on that kid last.

He spent the week competing in the Warriors Games Trials in California. Last night, the Marines took the gold in wheelchair basketball. I am so proud of him being a part of something that can show him that life can move on, even if it’s not the original direction in which he thought he would be going.

Today I read about the sad news of Valerie Harper, and her diagnosis. It seems so sad to me that cancer has to be such a part of our lives. If we don’t know someone who has it, we certainly have heard of those impacted by it. It touches too much. It pisses me off. As I read the news, I happened upon her People Magazine article in which she says “Don’t miss your life”. I read that and thought about all of the things I do in a day that I whine about, and yet have to do (like laundry and dishes). If my sons cancer has taught me anything, it is to appreciate that I am even alive to do the laundry and dishes. Yet I seem to be so exhausted by the end of the day and I feel only productive, if nothing else. I sometimes wonder if I am thankful enough, or if I am just so busy thinking I have to do everything, that I am afraid to leave the dishes in the sink and let the unfolded laundry go so I can just walk out the door and enjoy the sound of birds or visit a place I have wanted to experience. I sometimes wonder I am so thankful to be alive, that I am so busy doing everything I think I need to do, that I am forgetting to enjoy the things I can do. I stand in reflection of the things I need to adjust to keep moving forward with the most vibrant and productive self I can be. I need to not only learn to let my life me a productive one, I need to let it be a celebrating one. This life is such a gift.

My heart goes out to Valerie Harper and her family. I know they have a journey ahead of them, that isn’t easy. It’s full of too many lessons in a short amount of time. I am sure I am amongst many who were touched when we read of her diagnosis. I grew up watching her show, and as an adult I have watched the reruns. What I didn’t understand as a child, I certainly understood more as I grew. I think above an appreciation of her work, I will carry with me the words that I needed to read this morning. They spoke to me. As a single Mom with adult children, and children still at home (3 of which have disabilities), I really did need to read those words this morning. Not just for myself, but to teach my children.  I pray her family has the strength and peace they need to face the goodbye and embrace the legacy she leaves. As for myself, In a few short hours I will finally embrace my son and say hello. It seems so weird how life can bring such opposite acts, that can produce the same lessons.

If you follow me on Facebook (My Big Fat Lesbian Divorce), I will be posting photos tomorrow. Until then, be safe and happy and above all else…. live, and don’t miss it.