Roads We've Traveled

Inspirational

  • The Day Everything Changed

    June 15, 2017

    Author’s Note: I always intended for this website to be a vehicle for me telling my own story, but I was concerned about how I would do it. I am not the first person to suffer tragedy, nor will I be the last. I didn’t want it all to be about me and I didn’t […]

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  • Ordinary Heroes: Boston Cancer Support, Part II

    April 25, 2017

    BOSTON – When Susan Chaityn Lebovits and Beth Freeman teamed up to form the non-profit Boston Cancer Support (BCS), they wanted to identify and address some of the most pressing needs of cancer patients, their families, and the clinicians who work with them. To do this, BCS holds Cancer Collaborative workshops across the state three […]

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  • Ordinary Heroes: The Lawrence Exchange Club

    April 3, 2017

    While stopping at a local Middle Eastern restaurant called Shadi’s in North Andover, I saw a poster advertising a charity boxing event. As someone who’s boxed on and off since college – and someone who’s lamented the sport’s gradual decline, I decided to enquire further about the event. I met the folks involved in sponsoring it and, as it turns out, they’re a group of dedicated residents of the Lawrence area who help raise money for the betterment of their community and its youth. I asked if it was all right to talk to them about their work in their community and as a result, I have the first of several articles about volunteering. It's called "ordinary heroes" and part one, starts with the Lawrence Exchange Club.

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  • Notes from the Road: Blood Brothers

    March 16, 2017

    Bloodwork to Blood Brothers

    On Wednesday, August 1st   2012 I learned I had two blood brothers in the truest medical sense. It was the usual hot and muggy New England summer day. My father came to get me in Littleton and drove me to Lahey Hospital for the next part of my Chemotherapy treatment: Lumbar punctures -- spinal shots to deliver medicine to my brain to keep the Leukemia from spreading there. I reported immediately to the blood lab. There they would draw a sample of my blood to make sure it would clot before they went ahead and stuck a needle in my back.

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  • Notes from the Road: Chemo Mix

    March 9, 2017

    Fight Songs I was, again, going through the journal that I kept while being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and I found notes I had made on what songs I wanted to put on a Chemo Mix. These were songs to keep me in an “fight-like-hell” frame of mind while I endured drugs, radiation, and […]

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  • Notes from the Road: Leukemia Journal

    March 5, 2017

    The Journal While undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), I kept a “leukemia journal” for a few months. I wish I had been more diligent and detailed about writing in it, but at the time, it wasn’t just ALL I was dealing with. About two weeks after my diagnosis, my younger son would die […]

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  • Notes From the Road: Getting Sick After Nearly Dying

    February 16, 2017

    “Roads We’ve Traveled” won’t always be long feature stories. Starting today, we have the first of series of shorter blog posts based on what’s current – the news, seasonal events, or relevant book or music releases, and so on. The new series will be called “Notes from the Road” and today’s post is about being […]

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  • Back to School, Part 2: Jeanne’s Story

    February 2, 2017

    CHELMSFORD, MA — Jeanne Marie Engels, the mother of a lifelong friend, sits in a Starbuck’s in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and explains how, many years ago, she found herself thinking about going back to school. At the age of 37, her marriage had ended. She and her four children left Germany where they had lived on […]

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  • Back to School: Part One

    January 23, 2017

    LEBANON, NH – When I called David Bouthillier, my best friend from St. Michael’s College, and pitched him the interview idea, he seemed surprised. Maybe even a little amused. “I just did what I had to do at the time to raise the family and try to get by,” David said to me as we […]

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  • Fighting My Way Back

    January 19, 2017

    “I’m tough, rough, ready and able To pick myself up from under this table Don’t stick no sign on me, I got no label I’m a little sick, unsure, unsound and unstable But I’m fighting my way back” —Thin Lizzy The Chelmsford Sports Club (now CrossBox) was located in an old industrial building off the […]

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