Thursday, September 5, 2013

The “C” Word

So many people don’t want to hear or see the “C” word. It’s a dirty word. It makes some people mad. Makes other slink away in fear or regret or both.

And for once I’m not talking about the four-letter word that rhymes with punt **GRINS** 
I’m talking about the six-letter word, cancer, that affects everyone of us in one way or another. Some only on the fringes and others of us that face it every day as either a patient or a caregiver.

To each of those people my hat goes off to you. I send you virtual hugs and kisses, pats on the back, and encouragement to keep fighting. To the family members of people with cancer who are being strong and positive and helping in every way you can, I appreciate you, I’m sending positive thoughts for you to rest well each night so you can kick booty again tomorrow.

I’ve had three cancer scares in about that many years. Those days or weeks of waiting for test results…they’re awful. 
Everything grinds to a resounding halt waiting for a yes or no. You’re entire world revolves around that phone call to see if the tests are positive or negative. What surgery do you have to have? Chemo, radiation, reconstruction. All of the above for so many.

I’ve been lucky every time, but that doesn’t seem to be the norm. Not anymore. I’ve lost friends to cancer. I’ve lost family members to cancer.

I sang at the funeral of my best friend’s mom who lost her battle the end of last year.
It’s everywhere. No one is immune. There is no cure, nor vaccine to be made and distributed to the hundreds of millions of people on the planet that have or will have it in their lifetime.

To all the survivors out there. You FUCKING ROCK! I am in awe of your ability to keep going. I’m floored by your tenacity and drive to kick cancer’s dick in the dirt.
And one more thing I don't want any of you to forget. 

Every bald head, every scar, every burn mark. You fought a battle. You slayed the enemy and are here to tell the tale. Wear them proudly. I am honored to know you, and humbled by your story.
My life is forever changed because of this disease and I wanted to give a tiny piece of what you've lost back.
Members Only, Book Two - Haleigh's Ink is for all of you.


A three letter word that means such different things to many people. Pictures and words that might stand as a reminder of love, loss, rebellion, or camaraderie. For Haleigh Grace it meant freedom. 
Walking through the doors of the tattoo parlor, Inkfluence, marked the start of taking her life back. Making it what she wanted it to be, and no one was going to tell her she couldn’t. Not ever again.
Little did she know that behind those doors would stand, Jackson Muse. Her best friend that walked away years ago without a backwards glance. The one man she fantasized would someday be her knight in shining armor. The one she saved herself for.
But, he has a knight of his own. Tall, dark, and dangerously sexy, Scott Preston. The very owner of the shop Haleigh has an appointment with at midnight.
Feelings long buried rise to the surface and the three find themselves bound by more than just ink...

A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave coming soon...

Jennifer Kacey is a wife, mother, and business owner living with her family in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.


  1. Cancer is one of those things that nobody wants to talk about, but everyone seems to be touched by. Two of my grandparents died from cancer and I have several coworkers who have battled it off and on for the last decade. One friend lost her hair right away from the chemo, but she was such a positive person. She didn't let anyone get upset and by golly she kicked that cancer's ass, packed it's bags, and told it to take a hike. She's in full remission now with a healthy new head of hair.

    I totally admire her strength and feel blessed that it's not something I personally have had to struggle with.

    Great Post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Completely agree Krystal! Feel lucky everyday all of mine came back negative!


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