I am Leah and I have Bipolar Disorder. To make life even more interesting, my husband, Dan, has Stage IV Cancer. He was diagnosed at 37 and has  been in ongoing treatment for 4.5 years! We also have a healthy and rambunctious 7 year old. So follow along as we try to manage our life together and strive for love, gratitude, and joy.

We Made It To Gillman

  I am too exhausted to share about our moving week! The good news is IT IS OVER. We have officially made it to Gillman. We have beds to sleep in, the pets know where to find their food, our couches are situated, and the tv/electronics are in working order. Hallelujah.

The weight and burden of another move (with another downsize) just one year after we relocated from Oregon to Illinois has now finally been lifted from us. Even Rocco and Hobbes seem to sense that the 'Great Anxiety' has passed. With their relief, they are napping hard and basking in the sunlight of their beautiful new back yard....Or if it is Rocco, running away. Six times.

Further relief graced Dan and me after our appointment last Wednesday morning. Dr. Kumar shared that Dan's latest CT scans revealed yet again that the cancer remains stable.


He is still sleeping off the chemo treatment and fighting another infection but doing well. We welcome meal deliveries this week while he rests and we keep unpacking!



Dearest Don Raine

Seeking Solace