Dear Dr. Fat-Shaming Cardiologist

Almost a year has passed since you visited me as I laid in the CCU at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Five days after admittance and barely a day off the ventilator, I had overcome a mountain of odds that said I might not ever wake up or that if I did, I might have significant brain... Continue Reading →

The Woman Who Came Back to Life

I've had this fear of being in a car accident and waking up days later in the hospital with no memory what happened other than getting out of bed the morning it happened. How weird would that feel? Would I be scared or relieved that I couldn't remember the harrowing events of a wreck that... Continue Reading →

Two Years

In high school and college, I spent hours honing my ability to craft good introductions for my papers. I love finding the perfect first line for anything — essay, article, short story, blog post. However, I have found no good way to introduce the fact that Dad died two years ago today. You try to... Continue Reading →

Marco Polo and Cancer Can Bite Me

Until I was around 14 or so, my family and my dad's sister's family (including her parents-in-law) went to North Myrtle Beach together during the third week of July every summer. When they were in high school, my older cousins each brought a friend as well, so I remember several years when there were 13... Continue Reading →

Hello, This is the Concierge at the Hotel of Life with Your Wake-up Call

Four days after I wrote that letter to 2014, I found a lump in my breast. Good one, 2014! Way to listen to my request there! 'Preciate ya... sure do... Then I did what any person does when they find some sort of bump, lump, or pain — I Googled it. The first information I... Continue Reading →

As My Ovaries Lay Dying

Warning: As noted in the title, this is a discussion about Those Female Lady Parts. So, fellas, if you get squeamish hearing the following words — ovary, period, menstruation, menopause, among others — do yourself a favor and skip this post. I've mentioned before how The Husband and I have had a fair amount of... Continue Reading →

Pleasantly Plump

"I think Carla is a good friend," Surrena said, patting my leg. I gave a timid smile at her thoughtfulness... and then she continued, "And she's not fat; she's pleasantly plump." My fourth-grade classmates giggled and guffawed at her unintentionally backhanded compliment. Mrs. Nesmith had meant well — sitting us all in a circle and... Continue Reading →

2012 in Review

A cold, rainy day here in Upstate SC provided the perfect opportunity for me to look back on my 2012. All in all, it wasn't as eventful as 2011 but not nearly as sucky as 2010 — or 2008 for that matter — but I find myself comparing years to 2002. For some reason I... Continue Reading →

One Foot in Front of the Other

This past Saturday I finished my last 5K for the year — my fourth one in as many months.  Even though I'm nowhere close to actually running in one of these events, it still feels satisfying to go pick up a packet, get a T-shirt (even if I don't fit in some of them just... Continue Reading →

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