Prepare to be awed, entertained, jealous or just super-bored.
I started this blog as an instrument for coping with my husband Ken’s cancer diagnosis in December 2010 and–ultimately–his death in June 2011. It has served me well as a tool for relaxation and focus as I navigate my way through life and the mourning process, and try to figure out what my future will look like, and how Ken still factors into it. Joining me on this journey as of June 18, 2012 is my trusty pup Kallie Kismet.
I grew up in a small town in Indiana with my parents and two older sisters. I’ve always felt compelled to write. I started writing shorts stories and novel-length works when I was 13. In addition, I’ve kept a consistent diary since 1990. After graduating from Purdue University, I moved to Chicago–a city I’d always wanted to live in. After I met and fell in love with Ken in 2001, we relocated to Los Angeles for several years before ultimately returning to Chicago in 2006.
I never believed I’d fall in love, but I did. His cancer diagnosis in 2009 and 2010, and his death in 2011 were the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced. But he set an undeniable tone of determination and hope as he faced both with such courage, humor and grace, and it’s how I’ve tried to face a life without him.