“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson
And what a ride it’s been – thanks for joining me! My name is Lori and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. After chemo, surgery and five years of endocrine therapy, I thought I was home free. But that’s not how cancer works. Cancer hangs on, psychologically and physically, until it returns or we die of something else. In my case, it came back in 2011, showing up in my bones. Since then I’ve learned to live with the ups and downs of metastatic breast cancer, the scans that can show progression, the changes of treatments and their side effects. Along the way I’ve built a community of friends and colleagues that journey with me.
My blog is my chance to share, question, speculate, yell, wonder and discuss life – life with cancer, life as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, life with peaks and valleys, in all its glory and in the ditches. In the years since it began, it’s changed a lot – and so have I. I’m humbled to share it with you, and honored when you chime in. So grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and let’s get to know each other!