Les Mis

I can do one thing a day.

Sometimes two.

Not counting my shower.

I sleep the rest of the time.

If I try to do more, the pain grabs me quickly, nausea steals my food, and my body collapsed wherever I am whether I am ready for it or not, whether I am in a safe place or not.

It has taught me a lot about pacing, which I needed, and a lot about my own body, which I didn’t know I needed.

I save one of my things for the kids, usually helping the toddler get dressed and taking Five to school.

Sometimes, like today, Nathan asks me to save my one thing for him.

That’s how we got here, with surprise free tickets to Les Mis:


I. Could. Not. Believe. It.

Les Mis?! That’s way better than cancer! It is also way better than being stuck in my chair at home! What a surprise!

I like how our life is beginning to be our life again, not just surgery or cancer or fostering. Just living.

That’s worth putting on your best hair!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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