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Ilene

Silicon Valley, CA

Now residing in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California amongst the beauty of the natural environment we share with so many majestic and adorable animals, trees, birds, bugs, and the beautiful seasonal changes. I awake each day grateful to look out onto the flora, lakes and hills that lead to Lake Tahoe and much taller majesties of the west coast miraculous earth formations. It is a daily marathon staying with life not focusing on death with a terminal illness: metastatic Stage IV breast cancer.

Married to the one of the most talented and giving and gifted people in the universe who is also a brilliant computer software genius, and loving father of my two stepsons.

Simon Barsinister Templar, my cat son and my bestie beastie. If not for his absorptive Tonkinese fur, my tears would flood our house. You’ll find a lot of writings about him here but how to pay homage to a cat? It may be a bit crazy but his constant love keep me alive to a large degree.

How do I survive with Cancer, stage IV: treatments including chemo, radiation, and surgery? It’s some combination of palliative oncology; tenacity; a dark sense of humor; support groups; and my reinvented career as a vintage and antiques seller on Etsy. Some days I miss a well respected and well paid life as a business strategist in high tech. 27 years, 80% travel, five cities, one former marriage, zero kids of my own. A brother in Tampa. Stepsister in Georgia. Friends coating the outer crust of the planet I call home.

I blog to share my experiences and my poetic approach with others who have cancer of any kind, a debilitating and/or terminal illness (besides life itself), with their care-ers, and all those who love them. If one person at least finds a little common ground, solace, a smile, nods in unison about an experience, or even a link to something helpful or some assistance, then I have accomplished a small but extraordinarily meaningful goal.

Miraculously we stand flying on a merry go round the sun communicating and thinking. Wow. Improbably improbable.

Oh and support me - buy vintage on my Etsy shop:
Http://www.etsy.com/shop/YeuxDeux

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