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Hello.

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.

 

Things that made me smile the last two weeks … What made you smile?

  1. Having drinks with my neighbor and friend, Taylor, Friday. We used some of my mom's glasses from the hutch collections to sip our blueberry sour lambic. She helped me untangle ribbon for the gift boxes. We talked about anything and everything while the kids played. You know, adulthood?
  2. Raine describing the new business to his buddy: My mom got a business. She makes boxes (gesturing to them). She puts little surprises inside and when people open them, they're like, "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHHH!" Should I make that my tag line?
  3. The sun. I know everyone here thinks it is so gloomy and awful in the winter, but OMG THE SUN. There is so much sunlight through the winter! Oregon truly is vampire land. (Don't get me wrong--I still miss home.)
  4. Berry. I can't have a baby so I got a hamster. Every time I see her, she makes me smile. She's just so darn cute!!! She is usually in Raine's bedroom but I like to bring her out and sit her next to me while I'm at the computer. She performs parkour sometimes. Just like Raine.
  5. My dad and I built our first wooden box together and it took two hours. We ended up with a smaller box than intended because we couldn't figure out what we were doing wrong when it didn't fit right. We kept cutting until I wondered if we were going to have anything left? We slept on it and both realized we should have had a design planned. Regardless, he fixed it.
  6. I finally put a bookcase together for our bedroom. I KNOW. ISN'T THIS EXCITING STUFF. If you can believe it, I still feel like I am moving in and trying to get settled--after 8 months. There have been stages to move through learning how to make the space ours and honor my mom while packing some things away or using them ourselves. It's tricky. Anyway, as I accomplish parts of nesting, it makes me smile. And I think she would like what I have done.
  7. Watching Dan read. It fills my heart up. We both read voraciously as children and young adults. Somewhere in life, though, you get busy as you get older and it is easy to lose that habit. I've said it before that he has enjoyed reading more since his diagnosis. He read at chemo treatments and now that he is using disability and not working, he reads so much. And he is fast. He just finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (he recommends it) and is currently reading Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.

  8.  Phoebe Bridgers. I can't stop with Stranger in the Alps. 24/7. Repeat, repeat. DAN REMEMBER TO GET ME THE VINYL FOR MY BIRTHDAY.
  9. My first delivery for the business. HIGH FIVE. And the web site is near completion. Take a sneak peek.

 

 

 

Medical Update - Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

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