Everyone needs a Sam

"Come on Mr. Frodo...I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well.  So up you get! come on, Mr. Frodo dear! Sam will give you a ride.  Just tell him where to go, and he'll go". ~Sam to Frodo on the slopes of Mt. Doom "I take thee to … Continue reading Everyone needs a Sam


Say yes to the journey

"I wish it need not have happened in my time."  ~Frodo to Gandalf "So do I...and so do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us." ~Gandalf's response Living with a chronic illness leaves … Continue reading Say yes to the journey

And your grief will turn to joy

"How on earth did it come to me...I wish it need not have happened in my time." ~Frodo to Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring I have to admit that maybe I went into the exploratory laparotomy a bit on the cocky side. After speaking with the doctor and being told what to expect, I felt … Continue reading And your grief will turn to joy


The power of shared stories

Before I was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, I had only one passion in life and that was literature.  I loved to get lost within the pages of a book; mining each page for hidden treasures of the valuable life lessons learned by the characters as each stumbled and bumbled their way through life page by … Continue reading The power of shared stories