About Shira

This blog is dedicated to the explorations of my time of healing. I am a happily married 39-year-old mother of two boys, Toby (born May 2007) and Leo (born February 2010). Shortly after giving birth to Leo I was diagnosed with rectal cancer, on my 39th birthday of all days. A bit of a shock. I had imagined the weeks and months after my second child’s birth quite a bit differently, but cancer had something else in mind for me. So here I am, trying to make sense of this interesting time of life. Writing about it helps. A lot.

You’re welcome to join me for some or all of the journey through healing, wholing, holying. It’s nice to have company, so let me know if you’ve been here. Wishing peace and health to all beings. Big love, Shira

Post note: Shira left this world on February 24, 2014. ShiraLove is everywhere.



  1. Great picture! That place looks familiar.

    Sending you lots of love and thinking of you often. So sorry we haven’t been able to be of more support!

    George & Joy

  2. Shira-
    You “voice” and life experiences are coming through loud and clear. Please know that you are in our thoughts many many times, and all of them happy thoughts.

    We hope to visit with you and David next time wear are in NEngland.

  3. Shira,
    I heard about your blog and all you have been experiencing from a Fidelity friend. It was surprising when your name came up, because I was just thinking of you the other night. It’s been a long time since our paths have crossed.
    What’s surprising is how paralell our lives are on many points. You have two little boys (Congrats!) and so do I. You have an illeostomy, and so do I. I’d welcome the chance to connect with you and offer support in your healing process.
    I’m sending healing energy to you, and smiling at the thought of your beautiful family.
    Robin (Hulkower) Welch

  4. Dearest Shira,

    Thank you for writing and giving me the gift of being able to follow along from all the way across the country. We think of all of you so often and send so much love. We miss Toby and his huge smile.

    Love to all of you – I am here and along for the ride, giving you company online. Wish I could be there in person.

    Madhulika, Ben, Cyrus and Pallavi

    ps: love the crown!

  5. Shira – you’re right, writing helps. A lot. Your blog is beautifully written, and if you don’t mind, I’m going to add it to my blogroll. Be well.

    • Thanks, Pat. I’m honored that you want to include my blog on your blogroll. Best wishes!

  6. Hey Beloved Sister,

    I’ve been missing your bright shining spirit. I wish I could have been there to help you get dressed and sing into your beautiful belly with its protruding stoma today.I wrap my arms around you sweet one.

    All Love,


  7. Dear Shira,

    Big Heart
    Big Courage
    Big Healing,

    All the best to you and your family,


  8. I am humbled and in awe at your REAL sharing of your journey. I don’t have a lot of words…just THANK YOU. Your soul is tremendous, and your courage to tell your story AS IT IS, is very inspiring.

    Love to you!


  9. Shira, I just read your post from November 20. I am quite awed by your experience, your courage, and your willingness to share so eloquently and vulnerably. Wow.

    So I’m sending you warm thoughts, doses of hope and humor, and lots of love.


  10. Reading and sending love!

  11. You are a very courageous young woman and I admire you for being so open and willing to share your journey to healing. Having a positive attitude is so important to the recovery process. The love and support that you receive from David, your little boys, your sisters, and your friends is so wonderful.

  12. You are beautiful and brave, Shira! And an amazing writer! Your voice is so honest, searing, and pure; it really cuts through the fogginess of the world. Seeing you this sunny morning made me smile.

  13. Shira,

    You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but I know your brother-in-law Marc and he sent me the link to your blog. Reading your words, I find myself humbled and inspired. I am in awe of your ferocity in the face of insane fears. A warrior spirit, no question.

    In some of your posts, I hear echoes of my own journey through cancer and as such, I am sending you all of the healing energy and love that I can muster (and I know how to “muster” :). I know that there are many, many souls sending you love and light across the oceans and miles and planes of the universe.

    I will be following you closely, dear Shira. Be well.

  14. thank you for the incredible gift of your words and wisdom, Shira. I am awestruck and inspired. May you be thoroughly healed in body and in spirit. Refuah shleimah.

  15. Shira—Your writing is more pure and honest than words can say. I feel fortunate to have met you today, and I’ll be waiting in the wings for updates. Blessings! –Michelle

  16. Dearest Shira,

    Your deepest expressions are not only moving. You are an inspiration to us all. Continue your journey as the warrior you are….I’m in awe.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    Robin in Reston.

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