January 9, 2019

I removed my wedding bands for a little while this weekend.

I stared at my empty, but ring imprinted finger for a while and imagined what it would feel like never wearing them again. I haven't removed my rings in over 20 years. They are a part of me now.

One thing you do...

December 29, 2018

Dan passed at a tough time. Immediately following his death was our 20th anniversary, his birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas...

I thought Christmas would be the hardest because I have never gotten up alone on Christmas and had no one to open gifts with. Who was even goin...

November 28, 2018

I have never really been a jealous person. As a kid, I saw first hand that having "things" don't make you happy.  Houses, cars, jewelry... None of that can fill a void that your soul is missing. So when other people have "stuff" I don't really care.

Jealousy and envy to...

November 19, 2018

 When we got married, Dan would ride his bike in the morning for 30 miles and then we would hike a mountain in the afternoon together.

Our weekends were filled with trips cross country skiing or hiking. We'd hike on Saturday and ski on Sundays. It wasn't unusual for Dan...

November 2, 2018

I remember when Dan asked me what I thought of his heart diagnosis. I distinctly remember telling him that although he may have a great doctor, I think  we need to be our own advocates for our health. I told him that no one knows our bodies like we do and so we should...

October 27, 2018

When we, and I say we because the disease affected both of us, were diagnosed with heart disease Dan was a very proud man. He took great care of his body and he was a tremendous athlete.

The first thing Dan said to me upon hearing the news was, " You can't tell anyone a...

October 13, 2018

In 2007 my husband, Dan, was diagnosed with heart disease. He was an avid cyclist, biker, hiker, anything outdoors..We had no idea what this diagnoses meant for him or our family.

 My Favorite picture of Dan (R) and his brother, Paul (L)

He was Superman to me. Dan was...

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