Cancer, schmancer.  It’s the week before school starts, and that’s the big news around here.

We find out which teachers the kids have on Wednesday, and we get to visit their new classrooms on Thursday.  I moved my next chemo treatment to Friday, 8/10.  My mom and stepdad arrive tomorrow.

My happy placeThank you for your words of encouragement regarding my new look.  And, yes, our children, like their dad, were wonderful.  Nervous for me, comforting and so sweet.

It’s interesting that – with everything I’ve been through the past few months – shaving (*) my head is what has made me feel like I can do anything.  Once my hair started falling out in earnest after the first Taxol treatment, it was hard to think about anything else.

Now, I have nothing but fuzz and the world did not end.

I celebrated yesterday with an hour-and-a-half hike in the woods.



  1. So glad you had the advice on the clippers!! Who knew?!!

  2. Cathy Ritter says:


    You are an inspiration to both Kim and I, we read your blog and only wonder how you do it all and do it so well..

    We sent you a little pick me up from Amazon,com. I am getting old ? and I forgot to put a note on the package so you will have no idea who it is from… We are good friends of your Mom and Jerry

  3. Christine says:

    I really do think that the innocent sef-absorption of children is a Godsend. Isn’t it sometimes luxurious to be taken out of one’s worries and, instead, to become sucked into the excited momentum of, oh…say, the first day of school?!

    I hope you love their teachers! (I lucked out this year, I think.)

    I’ll be thinking of you on Friday. Well, I’m always thinking of you, but, you know.

  4. Claudia Johnson says:

    Nicole, I hope you are having a good day! Love, Claudia

  5. Claudia Johnson says:

    Yep, I know you’ll be in good hands during your Mom’s and Jerry’s visit! My friend, Paula, had a different type of cancer than what you have – she’s 75 years old. She asks about you all the time and wishes you the very best! Love you!

  6. Jennifer says:

    My favorite part is your smile and seeing you are out for a walk/hike. After my own heart.

    Looking forward to catching up.


  7. Gail Joyner says:

    Have a wonderful visit with your Mom and Jerry!

  8. You remain one of the most remarkable people I know. I’m so proud to be your Aunt. Just wish I weren’t so far away. You will look great no matter what you have, or don’t, on your head. Love you lots, Aunt Edna