Author Archives: francesbarrie

About francesbarrie

Cancer survivor,mom,triathlete,writer,jewelry maker, baker. Staying happy and healthy,living life and enjoying it one moment at a time.


Some people are asking how I am doing since dropping my youngest daughter at college for her freshman year this past week. I tell them I am fine. Cleaning out the house, staying at work late, hanging out with the … Continue reading

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Why I March

Tomorrow I will walk in the Boston Woman’s march.  There are quite a few dissenters who have called the march  a walk for “Self serving middle classed white women”. Yes, I am a 53 year old middle class white woman. … Continue reading

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A Serious Problem

“You are too serious all the time,” says my 16 year old daughter. She also says that all I talk about is drugs and alcohol and that I turn every conversation into a “life lesson”. And she is right. Because … Continue reading

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A Promise to a Friend

There is a blank page before me. An endless sea of white, yearning to be filled with words and ideas; dots and lines. I stare at it and long to write out my thoughts.  To express the ideas and agonies … Continue reading

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As so many of you know, Susan and I have ridden to raise money for cancer through the PMC for the last 5 years. Together we have raised over $40,000 in that time period.To our sponsors we say THANK YOU!! … Continue reading

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PMC–the epilogue

Five years ago, while still  enduring chemo treatments, I asked my friend Susan to join me in riding the PMC, the 192 mile bike-a-thon that raises millions of dollars for cancer research..  By asking her this, I was asking her … Continue reading

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You Won’t Cry This Time

Sophomore year. The plans had been set all summer–the plans for returning to college. Buy used furniture, Rent a U-haul, grab his friend in Jersey, drive to new apartment in South Carolina. I listened to the plans, but I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Hoping for a Miracle -PMC UPdate

The PMC is 3 weeks away– Panic is setting in, but just a little.  In the past you have all been very generous with your donations and for that I am so very grateful. Usually by this time I have … Continue reading

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Drip, Drip, Drip

Over the past 13 years I have gotten quite used to my daughter’s behavior.  That is–kicking and screaming and freaking out over every small incidence in her life. I had grown accustomed to the slamming doors, the crying jags, the … Continue reading

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I’m Feeling Lucky

Five is my new lucky number for a few reasons. I turned 50 this year, this is my 5th year riding in the PMC and it is also my 5th year cancer anniversary. At 5 years post diagnosis and treatment … Continue reading

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