The ‘Ectomies … aka The Three Witches of Cancer

“When shall we three meet again – in thunder, lightening, or in rain?” “When the hurly-burly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won.” “That will be ere the set of sun.” -William Shakespeare, Macbeth At some point during high school or college most of us studied Macbeth; Shakespeare’s tale that begins with three witches foretelling the rise of a king and a lady that will stop at nothing to see her husband fulfill their prophecy. Cancer reminds me of Macbeth, specifically the three witches which set the tone of the tragedy. When I look back upon my cancer experience and I examine the scars that bisect my torso it reminds me of all the surgical procedures that brought me to this point. The ‘ect

I'll Stand By You

" I'll stand by you. So if you're mad get mad, don't hold it all inside. Come on and talk to me now. Hey there, what you got to hide? I get angry too, well Im a lot like you." -The Pretenders, "I'll Stand By You" “How do you do it? How do you handle the loss of these people you knew? Your friends? How? Maybe you need to take a break, just for a little while…” If I had a dime for each time I’ve heard statements made in this vein, from those that love me the most, I could retire. Well, maybe not retire but I could probably go to Fiji…for a couple of weeks. I know it hurts them to see me mourn the loss of another friend, another pink sistah, another thriver, or lifer that has left our world; wh

Cancer, Buh-Bye

I’m leaving cancer behind. That’s been my mantra for the past two weeks as I pack up the house I’ve lived in for the last 12 years. It’s time to move…and time for me to move on. When we moved out of our very first home…in a beautiful leafy neighborhood in northern New Jersey I cried. Well, that might be an understatement; I bawled. Big fat salty tears rolled down my face as it contorted into the ugliest of ugly cries. It’s a good thing my husband loves me – because there is nothing to love about my ugly cry face. We had only lived in that house for five years but it was where our life together started. In that space we made a home and filled it with laughter, love and memories. We hosted hol

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