I am truly blessed. Since I started telling my family and a very small group of friends about my cancer diagnosis, I’ve been overwhelmed (in a good way) by their positive support and encouragement. I know it’s hard for someone to figure out a way to help someone who is struggling, especially if that […]

Well, the first round of chemo is behind me. One down, five to go. It went well, I think. As I wrote in my previous post, I didn’t know what to expect and so I didn’t know how to prepare. But now that we’ve gone through this once, I’m going to be a lot more […]

This is it — first chemo treatment begins in less than two hours. I will admit that I didn’t get much sleep last night. There was too much swirling around in my head. Apparently it was rough night for mom, too. We agree that as long as we know what to expect, as long as […]

I have never colored my hair. I started going gray in college, and over time I developed a number of nice silver streaks in my medium brown hair. It worked well for me in my 20s and 30s, as I worked with much older men — it seemed to give me a bit of gravitas […]

I had to check my calendar — it seems like just yesterday that I received the phone call with the test results. And yes, I’m just weird enough to have noted “Cancer Diagnosis” on my calendar on December 13. I remember thinking how unreal this all was…and that I was supposed to be hosting upwards […]

Over the course of the summer of 2011, we traced the path of mom’s Ensminger ancestors across Pennsylvania from the original settlers’ farm in Lancaster County, to York County where the first generation of American Ensmingers were born, where two generations of Ensmingers fought in the American Revolution and two later generations fought in the Civil War, to Carlisle and finally back to Butler.

Let me assure you that when the everyday, average person shows up at the records department of the county courthouse, they are NOT met by the head of the history department of the local university, who has prepared a scroll documenting 17 generations of family members.