Year +10: Hello good morning happy day…

“The sun is creeping around my window
Hello good morning happy day
I got to get my head up off my pillow…”

We should be celebrating 10 years cancer free and a magical 10th rebirthday,
We should be celebrating Mary Lou for her gift of life!
We should be on the West Coast eating fresh pizza and sipping cherry wine,
We should be high as a kite enjoying the simple things of the day to day.

“And though your dreams may toss and turn you now
They will vanish away like your daddy’s best jeans
Denim Blue fading up to the sky…”

The dreams are not exactly busted, but the MDS/AML relapse is certainly a curve ball thrown in from far left field for a strike. Compound that with a world out of kilter due to Covid coupled with the usual joys of Chemo and GvHD, which are vying and trying to make the little joys of the day to day evaporate. At this moment, Jake is being examined by the Vet for urinary issues … just a touch of stress – like a little needed accent on the sprinkles of a rainy day.

“Black cats and voodoo dolls
I feel a premonition
That girl’s gonna make me fall
She’s into new sensations…”

We’re watching the rainbow over our vets’ parking lot.


We need to make a few little adjustments for the big rebirthday.
Replace pizza with carry-out Indian food. Replace cherry wine with the pedialyte and cran-lime juice elixir. Pretend the comfy recliners are in Spokane. No need to change a thing about Mary Lou, because she is perfect and always in our hearts. Pick up Jake and continue this la vida loca journey and yes…

Celebrate the magical Rebirthday!

Happy Rebirthday Mausi! …. ten years – who could have imagined!

Thank you Mary Lou!

Thank you to all the medical and support staff living Tuesdays seven days a week!

Thank you to our friends and families for their support!

Best Wishes to all you other travelers!


Note: Jake is accepting donations of urinary-healthy caviar and Strasbourg pie paired with artesian water (stirred [filtered] not shaken, please).


  1. Rain check! We will celebrate Karen’s 11th rebirthday in Spokane, eating fresh pizza and drinking cherry wine.

  2. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Mary Lou!
    And Thank You Karen and Michael for such uplifting Blog entries!
    Happy Holidays!!!
    Cathy <3

  3. Hey, I knew one of the songs for once! Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin. 🙂 Happy ReBirthday!

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