Saturday, January 2, 2016

Post 100: 2016!!!

This is blog post 100.  What a two years it has been.

The funny thing about 2015 is that it was full of great highs and lows.  Maybe it is not so funny.


  • Cancer. 
  • Vocal cord paralysis. 
  • Gallstones. 


  • Being cancer free.
  • Bionic vocal cord and finding my voice again
  • Joining the gym, learning to exercise, enjoying it. Feeling strong.
  • Being accepted into the CLASS program (School administration) with New Visions and Hunter College
  • Fantastic trip to LV with Charlie
  • Beginning my memoir this spring
  • Lots of snuggles with new babies
  • Great adventures with new and old friends 
  • Down 178 lbs to date
Clearly the highs outweigh the lows, but often it's the lows that we give so much power to.  If I have learned anything in 2015 is that: it is up to me where I put MY POWER.  Life is short.  Live it well and live it with all your power.  That is what I intend to continue doing.

I set two goals for 2016 one I can control, one well, I can only hope for.

Goal 1: I will have a complete draft of my memoir done by the end of the year.  This is doable. I have so much material at this point, it is simply about getting all the words down on paper. My story is a bit unbelievable when I say it out loud- when I tell people what I have gone through in such a short span of's a good story.  It is time to put it all down.

Goal 2: Health.  Good health. I have scheduled my gallbladder surgery for 1/27.  I hope this is the last surgery for a LONG time.  I don't have much control over this but, I hope.

Here is 2015 in pictures.  Even faced with everything I have been through in the last 12 months and what is on the horizon, I am ready, I am stronger and I know I will continue to have the best cheering section there is out there.  Thanks to everyone for your love and support this last year.  


Valentines Day

CharMer's Take LV

March - Thyroidectomy
Jasmine - Another great success!


Magic Mike Girls Weekend with Ali!

Sharron and Scooter, together again!

My happy place...

Bestie Girls Night!
Mt. Rainier 
Aunt Mer teaching Hamish the way!

Katie and Mer

The Towne/Hayes' in Seattle
Adam!!! (And Toni :-)

I clearly make this face a lot- a POOL on VACATION!

Vacation with Bree and Joy!

Roll on Hudson, Roll on.

My Hero and Cheerleader, Adrian!

Ker-Mer Stare! 
Working it!

Working! (Kind of!)

Date Night! 

New Year, New Room

Ms. M and Ms. T

You know this girl!

Holy cow!  Is that me? (October)

Boal had it right- "change is NOT risk free"!
Vocal cord implant 11/25/15 (also 2 year weight loss surgery anniversary!)
Arrrrggg! Double pirate scar!!
Tes in NYC!
Christmas in NY!
Christmas Eve
Happy New Year!


  1. What a year! Love you so much! xo

  2. What a year! Love you so much! xo

  3. Congrats on your 100th post, Mer!! Excited to see where your story goes in 2016! xx

  4. THANKS FOR BEING AN INSPIRATION and so truthful. Love, L