If you had asked me one year ago what will be most remarkable about 2017, I would have told you that, without a doubt, it will be finally finishing grad school.  And while I did graduate in August, saying farewell (and good riddance) to weekends of studying and out-of-town clinical rotations, this is not what I'll remember most about this year, because in October Ben was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

With a little bit of distance from that chaotic, and frankly, terrifying time, I can recognize that we have so much to be thankful for.  Thankful that he ended up being diagnosed with stage 1 cancer.  Thankful for family and friends for their support.  And thankful for dark, early morning drives to work where I could cry in my car in peace.  So now we wait and hope for the best, but in the meantime we also return to glorious everyday life with kids, because in the wisdom of Robert Frost:

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."


  1. Thank goodness he is well now.

  2. Oh my word! The son (21) of a friend of mine is going through that right now. So scary. Thinking of you all!

  3. Much love to you and your family!!! <3

  4. Congratulations on your graduation! I pray for your husband's health and your whole family during the unsettling times. I'm very glad that it's "just" Stage 1, but cancer sucks no matter what.


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