A Mile in Daddy's Shoes

Now that you know about daddy and his battle with colon cancer ( original post here) I can confess some of my random thoughts.  Like - Would I fight as gracefully and bravely as he is?  Would others find me an inspiration like I do him?  Do I even want to know?  The answer is I don’t know.  What I do know is that I don’t want to have to battle colon cancer one day, I don’t want HIM to ...more

Undy 5000 - A brief run for a cure for colon cancer

Les Chisum, our father, brother, uncle, son, husband, and friend, was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2008. Despite medical predictions to the contrary, he is going strong. We will be walking in his honor at the Dallas Undy 5000 in October.The Undy 5000 is a 2k run/walk to support colon cancer research. On October 30, 2010, we will be participating as a team at the third Dallas Undy 5000!Please support our team’s involvement in the Undy 5000 with a tax-deductible donation. Your support will help us end colorectal cancer....more

Baba's Heart

She sits peacefully in the hospital chair with a look of hope and recovery in her eyes. She wears her light blue hospital gown as comfortably as a housedress and proudly shows me her arms freed from all the IVs. She boastfully tells me how she ate chicken soup and spoke to Rosa on the phone; she called her directly in the hospital room. My grandmother is excited about going home tomorrow. We discuss how she needs to hurry up and get home to make my grandpa more chicken stew. ...more

Believing in Life (and grandma)

If you’re lucky enough to have a grandma, she probably comes with grandma-isms (or nana-isms). In my case, they’re baba-isms – phrases my grandmother uses over and over. For instance, every time my Russian-speaking grandmother meets someone English speaking and I happen to be standing there, she points to me and proudly says: “She is my granddaughter number one.” You could be her surgeon or her butcher. ...more