Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

2009 has been an eventful year for me, so I was more than happy to see it end. I've learned a lot this year...about my health, love, hope, and what it means to really live.

I learned that nothing in life is certain, and that we are not guaranteed anything beyond what we are experiencing in the present moment.

In the upcoming year and from now on, I hope to continue to celebrate life each and every day. Enjoying every moment spent with those I love and those who love me. There is not enough time in this world to be spent on worrying, fearing, or thinking about what is beyond my control. What is here right now is all I know and all that I can fully experience.

Some of my 2010 goals include writing more, taking more photographs, baking cupcakes more often, taking better care of my health, reading more books, staying organized, wearing more skirts and dresses and simply doing more of what I already love.

Living life truly, fully and beautifully. That is the plan.

Viva la Vida, indeed.


  1. Linda Hickam1/2/10, 10:06 AM

    Have you had surgery for your lung carcinoid? Do you have a specialist? I've had lobectomy & bronchial resection & getting rid of the tumor is important for a future life of doing what you love!

  2. I wanted to reach out to you on behalf of the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation ( I think it’s absolutely great to see your continued positive outlook and determination to continue living your life, both are extremely important.

    One of our primary goals here at CFCF is raising awareness. We admire that individuals such as yourself are willing to share their difficult story and help spread the word about carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumors; it goes a long way in increasing visibility of this terrible disease to the public. Your words also give support and strength to those affected by these diseases.

    We have a Patient Awareness Weekend in Houston Texas planned for April 30th-March 1st and it would be great if you could attend. The event will include presentations on carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors from leading clinicians and researchers in the field. This will also be followed by a Q + A session based on questions solicited from patients.

    Finally, we are very excited to announce our new Facebook page ( and Twitter page (, we’d love for you to follow us on both.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our patient support staff, including Robert Roose ( ), Ben Blackwood ( or myself at (