Let's start with what it is: Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos. It most commonly occurs in the linings of the lungs or the abdomen. The average life expectancy is 18 – 31 months after diagnosis, but the prognosis may improve with treatment. Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, and general fatigue. How... Continue Reading →
For Lack of A Better Title – You Have More Rights Then They Want You To Know
Hospitals and their policies SUCK! Never have I been a super high-strung person, but that is the way the last year has made me. No, was not an answer that I was willing to accept and there are times you shouldn't accept them either! In case I don't get around to making a post about... Continue Reading →
Boring Funerals, Why?
Funerals are tough, but you already knew that! Everyone is different and therefore, everyone is celebrated differently. I understand funerals are important in the healing and grieving process. Planning a funeral to me was very overwhelming. First, you lose someone then there is the perfect celebration of their life to plan. Who wants to think... Continue Reading →
Where Joy and Sorrow Meet
When we were trying to figure out songs for Martin's celebration of life there were so many to choose from. Martin loved music. He wasn't a word-to-the-song type guy, he was more of an instruments type of guy. He couldn't tell you many of the words to a song but he knew the tune. We... Continue Reading →
Then There’s Days You Just Need To Laugh
Martin was funny and sometimes downright goofy. This picture was taken when we came home from his biopsy. He was hurting and decided that he would try the CBD stuff. So he did. I was working away sitting on the couch next to him and he was chatting with his BFF Shock ( there is... Continue Reading →
Martin’s Last Birthday
Martin passed away four days after his 57th birthday. With his condition, we were unsure how to celebrate. We had always had company over and grilled or gone to eat at someplace great. After all that was Martin's favorite thing to do, eat. This year was different, he was different. We have some wonderful friends.... Continue Reading →
There Is A Place
Has anyone taken a selfie with this? It's one of the most "instagramable" locations in Tulum. All through Martin’s journey, I knew one thing. When he was healed and the mesothelioma was under control we would go here. Take Martin’s photo in front of this. Why? To me, it looks like someone with a healthy... Continue Reading →
Gratitude: Mail Call
It seems like I have had such negative posts and that is truly not the person I am. I want to focus on those that have brought kindness and happiness into our lives. THERE ARE SO MANY so it is going to take a while. But this is a start. Today after checking the mail,... Continue Reading →
You Know What I Don’t Love?
I'm just not in love with the name of this blog. Sure, it is an accurate statement but Martin was more than a mesothelioma patient, he was a big part of a lot of people's lives. Do I know how I will carry on his legacy? No Will it do justice to him? No Do... Continue Reading →
Trust Issues & Why You Might Need Them Too
Doctors don't always do their job. When they don't the person who pays is you! In this case, it was my sweet Martin. He deserved better than this.