13 years ago Kate and I started a tradition giving each other ornaments for Christmas. This was a big deal because over 22 years ago today my dad passed away from stomach cancer and the feeling of loss became the dominating story for me around this season. Since we have been together Kate has worked hard to change that story … Continue reading Ornaments Over Time
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This is probably the best description of the last week of my life. This may sound a little odd considering my second child was born on Monday. Exactly one week ago today my very pregnant self was patiently waiting for Steve at the … Continue reading Still Good, All the Time by Kate Dang
With another daughter on the way in a few weeks, I decided to hit the road with G-Money to spend some quality time together before my heart starts making room for one more. Now that my brother is home from Korea and working in Los Angeles, a land with warm beaches, hot weather, and delicious … Continue reading Kid Friendly Food Tours and What I Learned about Life from Disney
A few weeks ago I participated in a benefit walk for for Multiple Sclerosis. I consider myself blessed to have a boss I can also call a good friend. Throughout my journey from diagnosis to surgery #1, recovery #1, surgery #2 and recovery #2, Dale Gustafson's friendship has been special. For anyone living with an … Continue reading Sick Days, When You Feel Good
I was standing on the boat ramp as the sun peeked over the hills overlooking Lake Berryessa in Napa, California a few weeks ago mentally preparing for a race. As soon as the warmth of the sun touched my face nothing could stop the lump forming in my throat or the tear that welled up … Continue reading Recovering, Life
With the arrival of the Easter season I am constantly reminded of what this time represents: new life. For the past couple of years, it has been a 'new life' in more ways than one. This past weekend I saw my Grandma, Mom and little brother baptized, taking their first communion on Holy Saturday - … Continue reading Another Dang Baby
"You will overcome difficult times" was neatly contained within the confines of the fortune cookie I ate a couple a days ago. Timely considering the fact it has officially been a year since I said, "farewell" to my stomach. For those who went to elementary school, there is no need to fight immaturity and tack, … Continue reading 365+1 Days – Happy Gastrectoversary!