What have I done since December 2005, when I was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer in my right temporal lobe? I've been an alto soloist in four Messiah concerts. I wrote my first book while recovering from neurosurgery, and it was published in 2007. I've continued to run my own consulting business and raise my two young children. I serve in my church as a choir director, music chairperson, and teacher. I serve on the PTA board at my son's school. I've participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Live for three consecutive years. I am halfway toward earning my black belt in karate. I even survived a setback when scans showed tumor progression. I've had surgery, radiation, and two years of chemotherapy, and I still have more hair and energy than my husband, who is cancer-free! In March 2008 I "graduated" from treatment, and now I just show up for MRI scans every couple of months. I keep an online record of my journey in a blog entitled (fittingly), "What's On My Mind." ( http://www.onkristasmind.blogspot.com/
) Journaling this experience is part of my multi-faceted survival strategy. Sharing this experience is my effort to give others hope. We don't always get to choose the circumstances in our lives, but we can always choose what to do about them.