sunflower


VIEW POST

View more
Healing

My Inner Sunflower

By on August 22, 2017

It’s 1990. I’m riding in the passenger seat of my dad’s tiny sports car on the way back to my boarding school, Choate, for my senior year of high school. I’m 17 and at a true crossroads in my life. I’m embarking upon a journey toward adulthood, choosing colleges…

wheelchair cats


VIEW POST

View more
Healing

Healing from the Inside Out

By on July 18, 2017

At top: My current wheels – better suited for the cats.

It has been five weeks since I have officially stopped wearing my leg. Five weeks since I have returned from my last Florida trip which literally broke me. Mentally and Physically. So much so that I finally took a…

Dana Pounds wedding day


VIEW POST

View more
Cancer Survivor

The Bend in the River

By on June 21, 2017

So, I think it is safe to say that we all know I have been struggling with my mobility. And I mean more than just a little bit, and certainly more than a just a little while. I have had periods of bright light, and tastes of long walks,…


VIEW POST

View more
Healing

Returning to Port

By on April 12, 2017

My life has changed forever because of cancer. I have lost my leg. My uterus. My ovaries. My appendix. Part of my colon. My mother and father. At times, my hope and joy. I have lost so much. I have even lost my way. You would think someone who…

shrinkage on prosthesis


VIEW POST

View more
Cancer Survivor

Stuck in the Body Shop

By on March 6, 2017

It’s March, and spring is here – a time for all living creatures to awaken from their winter slumber and begin the laborious task of growth. Renewal. A fresh start.

We humans are no different. Our bodies are well oiled machines. Just have a limb cut off and you will…


VIEW POST

View more
Cancer Survivor

Please Excuse Me While I Dust Off My Soul

By on January 31, 2017

So I’ve been quiet. Really, really quiet. But never judge a book by it’s cover: I’ve had a Category 5 Hurricane raging in my mind and soul.

Let me start at the beginning.

I was raised by extraordinarily hard working, proud parents. I was fortunate enough to be shaped by their…

dana pounds family 2007


VIEW POST

View more
Cancer Survivor

The Courage Cloak

By on December 3, 2016

Dear Mom,

Happy Birthday! Today you would have been 68. Wow. That is still so young. I can’t believe it has been eight years since you left us. I can’t believe you died at 59 – that‘s only eight years older than my husband is now. You were so flipping…


VIEW POST

View more
Cancer Survivor

Winning by Losing

By on November 20, 2016

Change is such a tough concept for so many of us to grasp, and it becomes more and more difficult as we age. It seems that the older we get, the less we like change and the more angry we become when compelled to do so against our will….


VIEW POST

View more
Cancer Survivor

Trick or Treat, Halloween Will Bring Surprises

By on October 28, 2016

Halloween is right around the corner, and it conjures up so many memories and emotions. One cannot deny that fear is a central tenet of this “holiday” and, simultaneously, the emotion I’m working so hard to control. FEAR. To add insult to injury, I will be traveling again.

I am…


VIEW POST

View more
Marathon Training

The Perpetual Race

By on October 14, 2016

Time really flies. I cannot believe it’s been nearly three weeks since the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation race. The feeling of euphoria is still tangible and propels me through my day. I have been walking like a…

Get Auto Updates When I Post!
Just fill out your info below and automatically get email updates when new posts are added to my site :)
Search My Blog