A Winter Horizontal Greeting…
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by Lois Roelofs
2w ago
I am at my winter place in AZ. I am eating brownies made and frozen by my daughter-in-law. I’m sure I read somewhere that they are curative for a cold. I hope you did not miss that article. It is chilly here for this time. In the 50s and 60s with several days of rain. In spite of this, when I returned here on January 30th, I resumed my usual busyness, suppressing the thought that I’m old enough to relax a bit. So, in addition to church on Sunday, I attended a talent show, a STEM presentation, and a program featuring a pianist. I learned that my talents at this age do not measure up to others m ..read more
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Thankful to Post Another Podcast on Marv Taking Charge
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by Lois Roelofs
3w ago
Please listen. Spread the word about my book. Refusing chemo is an option. This podcast was sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association in concert with my book being given the Book of the Year Award for Indie Nonfiction. I am beyond grateful and will write more about that event later. (Enjoy Rita Woods interview also!) Book of the year Winners, Rita Woods and Lois Hoitenga Roelofs | Chicago Writes (podbean.com ..read more
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Growing Older – On Turning 82
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by Lois Roelofs
1M ago
Thinking about turning 82 is both positive and negative. The positive part, of course, is that I’m still alive. I’ve outlived several classmates who’d be the same age. I’m still able to walk and talk and see and hear and smell and taste and feel. I do not take these capabilities for granted. But I hate to admit, even though I know better, and the gratitude journal in my head is full, I still perseverate on any negative aging issue that comes my way. I’m very good at perseverating. Take my recent flight from SD to AZ. Visualize my plane with two seats on either side of the aisle. I’m sitting in ..read more
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“Marv Taking Charge” becomes a winner!
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by Lois Roelofs
2M ago
This post needs few words. Read the graphics. Winning was a delightful surprise. A great excuse to go back to my former hometown. Marv’s “thumbprint” marked his decisions: refuse chemo, choose quality of life over quantity, and die at home. February 11, 2018. A few days after diagnosis. Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, Sun City West, AZ Marv wanted me to write his/our story. I’m super grateful for this recognition! The book’s theme is patient autonomy. I recommend everyone read Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. Thank you, CWA ..read more
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Brain Burst. Imminent!
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by Lois Roelofs
4M ago
Have you ever felt as if your brain would burst from accumulated words? As a writer and blogger, I’m having that problem now. The last time I remember being in this situation was the day I started my Caring Lessons memoir. Sitting in a NC gazebo with my friend Marianna and a cat crossing our table, I wrote something like my head was full of words about my nursing career, and I had to write them down before I forgot them. Which I did and published that book in 2010. Fast forward to 10/30/2023. Today. I awoke with my brain feeling caffeinated with words once again and immediately knew the cause ..read more
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Lois Hoitenga Roelofs’ Memoir Earns Well-deserved Honor: Marv Taking Charge: A Story of Bold Love and Courage Is a Chicago Writers Association Book …
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by Lois Roelofs
4M ago
On May 5, 2023, I wrote about Lois Hoitenga Roelofs’ wonderful memoir Marv Taking Charge. It’s the story of her husband, Marv, and his decision to … Lois Hoitenga Roelofs’ Memoir Earns Well-deserved Honor: Marv Taking Charge: A Story of Bold Love and Courage Is a Chicago Writers Association Book … Thank you for reposting, Vicki ..read more
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A Fitting Award
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by Lois Roelofs
4M ago
“Marv Taking Charge” is a finalist for Book of the Year in the Chicago Writers Association’s Indie Nonfiction category. A Fitting Award Thank you, Marianna ..read more
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Kirkus Review / Marv Taking Charge
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by Lois Roelofs
5M ago
I’m still a bit laid up with fractures I sustained from a fall on 9/7, and I can’t type easily with an arm cast on and two opposite fingers buddy-taped. But, as you can see in this photo, I’m ambulatory. And grateful for my daughter’s full-service grocery-shopping assistance. And full-service help with every aspect of my recuperation. So since I can’t type easily, I’ll share this recent Kirkus review of Marv Taking Charge as my blog post this time and hope to have my fingers free to write again in a few weeks. Here goes the review: Roelofs recounts her husband’s battle with terminal cancer ..read more
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Surreal Experience: A Fall in Chicago
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by Lois Roelofs
5M ago
My friend helped save my life… In a Chicago minute, our plans turned upside down. Surreal Experience: A Fall in Chicago ..read more
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More on dying with a terminal cancer
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by Lois Roelofs
6M ago
It’s been a busy few months since Marv Taking Charge came out. I continue to learn from my readers and want to share a few of their responses so you can learn too. In person: A woman caught me after a book talk and said she wished her family would have had access to my book before a relative was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. That relative had chosen treatment because he was advised to do so by his healthcare providers and, according to this woman, he didn’t know or think to ask if he had other options, like refusing treatment. As a result, she said, not only did he suffer greatly from the ..read more
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