Author Archives: Shari

About Shari

I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, two time cancer survivor and patient advocate. I am a "somebody" who is not an expert but rather has many life experiences and reflections to share.

Another Birthday and Big Changes Ahead

De-cluttering my life Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Memories

Last year I wrote about my mother and how difficult Mother’s Day can be for those of us who have lost their mom’s. We have our memories and we also yearn to have our mother’s back with us. Here is … Continue reading

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Ladybugs, Trucks and #College#Graduation. Oh, My.​

Once he was 4 years old. He had these big blue eyes that everyone noticed. He was smart, sensitive, inquisitive, funny, and didn’t stop asking questions. Question after question about everything under the sun. My first born has always been … Continue reading

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Inspiring Stories =Food For The Soul.

I don’t know about you but I have been in a bit of a funk for the last few months. Maybe it was the cold and often erratic weather, less daylight during the winter months or the fact that I … Continue reading

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Why I Love ‘This is Us’

In case you don’t know, ‘This Is Us’ is a new television show on NBC. Yes, I am writing about a TV show. But actually, I am not really writing about a television show. I am writing about what I … Continue reading

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My Life as a Playlist

How often do you hear a song on the radio and you are immediately taken back to some place 5, 10 or even 40 years ago? I remember feeling extra nostalgic a year or so ago – thinking and thinking … Continue reading

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Top 5 (Most Read) Blog Posts: 2016. A Year in Review.

It’s hard to believe another year has almost come to a close. The older I get, the faster the time seems to go and there seems to be no slowing down. I guess that is better than reporting that I … Continue reading

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Election Drama. Now What?

Both before and after the election people approached me and said, “Wow, lots of material for your blog.” But I didn’t write. I couldn’t write about the election. I didn’t feel I wanted to take any type of political stand, … Continue reading

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I Owe it To My Mother. Improving The Patient Experience.

I have been through a lot. Sometimes I feel like a walking medical experiment. Cancer twice, and the loss of my mother who also had cancer. Hundreds of appointments, blood tests, and procedures and enough radiation to light up the sky. … Continue reading

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Doctor. Please Understand I Am A Person And Not Just Another Case.

  When you think about going to the doctor, what is one of your biggest pet peeves? Waiting to be called? Having to fill out forms over and over? I could put together an extensive list but in the end … Continue reading

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