Christmas Eve


Dearest Readers: Monday, December 24, 2018 — Christmas Eve. This year, after fighting another dreadful battle with bronchial asthma, I am able to give thanks for life, health and loved ones. My wish for all of you is to keep Christ in Christmas. Never leave Christ out of Christmas when writing it. I’ve seen peopleContinue reading “Christmas Eve”

Detecting Esophageal Cancer


Dearest Readers: Although the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to share a story about my father’s battle with esophageal cancer. The month of April is the scheduled month for Esophageal Cancer Awareness. When my father was diagnosed, medical professionals assumed he was a smoker. He never smoked – EVER! DIAGNOSISContinue reading “Detecting Esophageal Cancer”

In Memory of My Father


Dearest Readers: Below is an essay written before my father’s death – July 6, 1999 WALTER W. PERKINS Mr. Sandpiper, 1998 Born an identical twin on December 19, 1914, Walter W. Perkins will soon celebrate his 84th birthday and he is the only surviving family member left of his generation.  His identical twin brother wasContinue reading “In Memory of My Father”

Grief – Just When Does It End?


  Dearest Readers: July 6 is always a day of remembrance for me. Truly a day to spend the entire day in tears, or a day to give thanks. Why? Allow me to explain. During the stressful days of my dad’s terminal illness with esophageal cancer during December 1997 until his death on July 6,Continue reading “Grief – Just When Does It End?”

PARENT TO PARENT…CARE GIVING IN AMERICA


Holidays of 1997 During the holidays of 1997, my life was extremely busy until a shocking reality forced me to readjust my schedule, to make time for a new, unsuspecting emergency when my father needed me the most, during his illness.  I was stepping into a new chapter of my life, green and naive ofContinue reading “PARENT TO PARENT…CARE GIVING IN AMERICA”

Detecting Esophageal Cancer


Dearest Readers: The diagnosis rings in your ears. Esophageal cancer. A thousand thoughts and questions race inside your mind and you find it difficult to cope, think or relax. You want a second opinion. You want to live and you want things to be the way they were, before your quality of life was questionableContinue reading “Detecting Esophageal Cancer”