Saturday, May 26, 2018

Anniversary #34

Brain cancer is...

...happy to see another anniversary.

We have always made a big deal out of our wedding anniversary because, it seems  to us, anniversaries are the only holidays that we have to work to earn.  All the other holidays we just need to stay alive to see.  That’s why today, our 34th anniversary, is doubly cool.  We worked to earn it and we survived to see it.  Really; Darrell feels very happy to sing the anniversary song today.

Zachary asked Darrell’s advice on marriage this morning. Sweet! Here’s what I know, in looking back over 34 years:  If you choose a partner who asks you to skip out of the church after your ceremony,  you have an adventure ahead.

We're spending this weekend at Dana Point.  Dinner with Beth and Geoff at Javiers.

Happy Adventures!
Photo credits:  1984:  Denri.  2018:  Beth.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Framily Friday

Brain cancer is...

...ready to advise on the topic of "Fridays."

We really appreciate that a tough day (yesterday) is usually followed by a bright one (today).

Darrell highly recommends Framily Fridays.

For family:  We had breakfast with Gordon, celebrating his 91st birthday:

Mimosas and birthday lemon bar at 9:30 am on a Friday?  Must recommend!
Ninety one years of appreciating your parent?  Must highly recommend!

More family:  We spent lunch and the afternoon with LuAnn.

Also highly recommend.  (We missed you, Gail.  Rain check.)

Family would have been enough to make it a great day.  And then the "FR" part of "framily" texted:  Happy hour with the Mayfields?  Hurrah!!

Apparently...Happy "hours" is a thing.

Please do feel free to consult with Darrell should you need additional recommendations for how to spend your Friday.

Welcome to the weekend, Team D!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"My husband is my hero."

Brain cancer is...

 ...[still] making Andi cry.

Today, in honor of Brain Tumor Awareness month, Andi participated in the "A Day with Optune Users" event.  It was a call-in hour with an Optune user, a caregiver (us), and time for Q and A.

I shared "our story" (the copy that made it through the story writer and through "legal") for the first time publicly outside of Team D.

I made it all the way through the story until the line that you've heard before many times but that is difficult to say aloud:  "My husband is my hero."  Then I cried. 

I also cried because we heard Brian's story during the event.  Even Optune rock stars like Brian (check him out here or Google him:  Optune Brian) are mortal.  I cried because the human story of trauma, of pain, and of loss strike me as the universal story.

Or maybe I am crying, instead, because we are in it together.  Hold tight, Team Human.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Darrell's Fan

Brain cancer is...

...loving words with multiple meanings.

Were you thinking you'd hear about one of Darrell's admirers when you read the title of this post?  Got you!  Gotta love the English language! 

We meant Darrell's bathroom fan.

This fan

needed to fit into this space
and here's just the guy to make it happen:
Yes!  He did make it happen! And the person* who held the fan against the ceiling during the process and pushed the fan into place at the finale gets credit for the assist:
Our work here is done.

*Christine:  Just thought you might need this information in order to negotiate most effectively on behalf of your client.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Routinely Awesome

Brain cancer is...

...back to our routines.

Above you see Darrell attending to his forsaken rock paths at the park.

Also routine:  Darrell achieved a 98% compliance rating for Optune this month.  Again.

Ho hum.  Routine.  Routine awesomeness that is! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Best Is Yet to Be

Brain cancer is...


...having fun anticipating the kids' adventure.

With completion of the master's degrees and a wedding ahead, Summer and Zachary are taking their show on the road.  Summer will be attending the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to earn her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.  Zachary will be pursuing several different kinds of opportunities that make use of his work as a historian.

Here's to kids' adventures.

We had fun yesterday before Zach's ceremony with a photo shoot at the Fullerton Arboretum.  It gave us a chance to think about not just commencement but about Zach and Summer as a couple.  Somehow the way they approach life together seemed to bubble up to the surface through the photos.  

Here are a few shots of the fun.

The way master's hoods should be worn. Wizardry?


The future:  Bring it!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Zachary Commences

Brain cancer is... to congratulate Zach upon completion of his master’s degree.

Darrell wasn’t sure he’d be around to see Alex graduate from medical school.  That was soooo a year ago! (Click here for the post of Alex and Tiana's commencement.

Darrell  wants you to know just how happy he is to be here to witness Zachary commence with his master’s degree in history today.  

I would like to add that it was especially wonderful to experience Cal State Fullerton through our children's perspectives.  We have loved CSUF for 27 years through my experience as a faculty member in education, but even those years of happiness did not prepare us for the phenomenal experience Summer would have in the counseling program or Zachary in history.

Summer and Zach both worked with incredible faculty who supported them as scholars and researchers and who mentored them at each step of the way.  CSUF has been a newly amazing part of our lives for the past three years.

Congratulations, Masters!

Thanks, Team D members, for all of your support.  Everything you did for us, you did also for Zachary and Summer during their programs.

And special thanks to Heather, who secured preferred parking and seating for us for both ceremonies. We felt very special!