“ "Hey babe. How about a date night? We can make a nice meal. Light some candles. A minor lung procedure?" What? Who SAYS that? Who says that? My husband, Dan, said that. He had a "PleurX Drain," placed in his lungs to help alleviate the fluid caused  by cancer as he lived out his final months at home. Yup. That was a date night. Me, a nursing school drop out, placing a drain…

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I have found one of the greatest lessons, and most difficult things required as a parent, is this: LETTING GO. If you think about it, the process of letting go begins at birth. The baby is born. She's been really close to you for nine months. Really close. And what is the first thing that happens? They whisk her away. Your eyes follow the baby closely, looking desperately toward the table where the nurse took…

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Three senseless acts of violence in our country in one week. Dayton, Ohio...El Paso, Texas...Gilroy, California. At least 34 lives lost. We can’t make sense of senselessness except to say it’s a product of evil, of the brokenness of this world in which we live.  When my husband, Dan, was very sick, toward the end of a four year battle with lung cancer, he chose some verses from the Bible as our family verses. Lung…

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Which WAY-FM on-air team won the competition??? It's the FINAL game in our WAY-FM Summer SHOWdown...the wheelbarrow minefield. Watch the video, and look below for instructions on bringing this summer fun to your backyard! Here's how you can play at home: 1. Choose a partner to be your wheelbarrow, a strong one like Kelly did, to make their way through the minefield. The wheelbarrow partner is blindfolded. 2. Make your way down the messy minefield,…

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Yesterday was my husband's birthday.  I lost him to a rare form of lung cancer four years ago, a mutation that typically affects younger guys who don't smoke. I've learned it's important to have a plan for days like his birthday. It caught me off guard the first year. I'd expect Valentines Day to be difficult. Or, our anniversary. But his birthday...I had never felt so empty as the day I couldn't bake a cake…

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Well meaning people say the funniest things sometimes. I've experienced some loss. My Mom passed away when I was in my early 20s, my husband and father of my children died a few years ago, and my Dad a few months after that. My kids and I thought we'd move across the country for a fresh start last year, only to land in a new place with the same old problem: pain. We all get to…

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