FIGHTING BACK: One Mother’s Story–Chapter Fifteen

| December 4, 2017

Val was home: the lung surgery behind us; the stress of her hospital stay over; the Jewish holidays ended. But I continued to brood over the ‘remove the lung’ discussion with Dr. Wolff. Although Valerie’s right leg was amputated above the knee one and one-half years ago to stop the spread of her cancer, it […]

FIGHTING BACK: One Mother’s Story–chapter 13

| November 6, 2017

The months passed peacefully or, at least, relatively so. Ed, Val and I would go back to Babies Hospital every three months for Valerie’s oncology checkups. That was always a bit of an upheaval as that trip had us all on edge. But Valerie was seven by then and maturing. Somewhat behind emotionally but the […]

FIGHTING BACK: One Mother’s Story-Chapter Twelve

| October 16, 2017

A pleasant calm prevailed after we moved into our new home. Valerie’s prosthesis became simply another fact of life and all but disappeared from our everyday vision and conversation. I took care of the house, cooked, did the bookkeeping. Ed sold kitchen cabinets and sundry items and the new office, recently located outside the house, […]