Last year I offered to have a photographer take photos (tasteful ones) as I had a mammogram. Having had millions of people see my life on the reality show Supernanny in both the first episode we filmed and then in the 100th special episode we filmed as Americas Most Memorable Family, I am no longer camera shy. I was writing a story for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage women to get their mammograms. Little did I know that the one story of a simple mammogram would lead down a longer path.
Tonight, I watched my little girl graduate from high school. As she marched into the Civic Center with her graduating class, my eyes welled up with tears thinking of how quickly the past eighteen years have gone by.
Tomorrow is my daughters 16th birthday. Her one request is to get a car and my response is always the same, That is not going to happen.”
Our house has been crazy (well crazier than it normally is with six children running around) as my two oldest daughters have been busy preparing for their junior/senior proms. For months they have laid awake at night talking about what they would wear and shared their visions of the Cinderella moment that would soon be here.
My daughter Elspeth got some Barbie dolls for her birthday recently, and everywhere we go, she brings her Barbies. Elspeth happily told me, “Mommy, you are not like Barbie.” I made the mistake of asking her why. I’m No Princess
Lately I feel as if not a single day goes by that I dont say to at least one of my children, What were you thinking? I swear it feels as if it is my mantra – in a one week period I found myself saying it at least once to each of my children.
Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult things we face in life. I have read every book and article I have been able to find on the grief process thinking maybe it would help me understand the process or suddenly make it easier.
I was sitting in the doctors office waiting for my turn when I happened to see an old copy of PEOPLE Magazine’s Most Beautiful People issue. Without even looking through it I could guess who would be in it: Channing Tatum, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling and Megan Fox just to name a few.
I learned a lot about politics this year while working in the newsroom during the election period. I got a glimpse of the good and the bad, the honesty and downright dishonesty that comes from people trying to gain power.
Today is finally the day that I have my breast biopsy.