My Bucket List

I have been working on a bucket list since long before my cancer diagnosis and, I imagine like all cancer patients, decided I had better get serious about the thing. What follows is a work in progress. The items that are crossed off were not realized, but simply thought better of since it is apparent I will, in fact, live.

Get a tattoo before I turn 50  (I still have 2 months, get off my back)

Last 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu (that’s a stupid song anyway)

Get a red mustang convertible.  (I didn’t really want one that badly until my husband bought himself a sporty little BMW this summer. Someone clearly lost sight of who has cancer in this family.  Yeah, yeah, he says I can drive it whenever I want but he always checks when he gets home to see if I did.  I caught him chalking the tires the other night)

Have more patience.  (a work in progress)

Get published (does this count?)

Get arrested See above.  I figure a good writer has to have something interesting to write about.  I hadn’t worked out the details of my arrest, but I know it would involve much hilarity (and liquor). I bet at least one of my cousins (Ann :)) would have taken one for the team and joined me.

Become a grandmother. (Kids?  I can’t do this myself)

Travel more.

Clearly the list needs work, but I’m in no hurry to finish it.   The only thing my bucket is going to be used for this next week is ice to chill the champagne. 



  1. lawyermomfashionista · August 9, 2012


  2. sarenaperez · August 9, 2012

    Congratulations on the good prognosis! I recently re-joined the land of the living and it’s difficult. I started on my bucket list too when I was diagnosed and I am happy I did. I saw an opera, signed up to go rock climbing in NY and finally started my book. Sometimes cancer can help us see what we REALLY want to do and get our asses in gear to do it.


    • mainelyhopeful · August 9, 2012

      No official prognosis, but what do they know? 😉 Actually it’s been good from the beginning. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      You’ve been through so much more than I have and look at you! Back among the living, writing a book….. I’m proud of you, kiddo


  3. Lori · August 9, 2012

    I started writing a bucket list post yesterday! Keep adding to it!!


  4. Cindy's Cancers · August 9, 2012

    I’m lovin your attitude in this post! You go girl!! 🙂


  5. Lori · August 10, 2012

    Great post! I turn 50 in October and I’m determined to get my first tattoo in defiance. Here’s to the next 50!


    • mainelyhopeful · August 10, 2012

      I’m Oct 4! I was going to go with F*ck Cancer but then realized if I do become a grandmother that might be unseemly 😉


  6. The Presents of Presence · August 10, 2012

    Cheers to your bucket list! ❤


  7. Barb · August 10, 2012

    Good luck to your bucket list, May it be long and wild.


  8. kymlucas · August 11, 2012

    Got a tat when I turned 40. Thought about getting one at 50 and decided not to. Then I ended up with breast cancer and a reconstruction. Guess how they color your new “nipple?” That’s right! So I ended up getting a tattoo in my 50s as well though it’s not nearly as cute as my other one. I laughed when I realized this.

    And I think chilling the champagne coudl be on the bucket list too! As often as possible in any situation.

    You hang in there, girl, and fill that bucket with lots of good adventures.


  9. Facing Cancer (@cancer2gether) · August 12, 2012

    A great bucket list – and as for the writing, I reckon blogging SHOULD count since you have such a great and responsive audience. If you’re making a connection with your writing, then you’re a writer. Good luck with the upcoming tattoo 🙂



  10. 1909ventilo · August 14, 2012

    Sometimes the smallest of things make your day a whole lot better! thanks for sharing your blog you made my day! 🙂


  11. hestertingey · August 20, 2012

    You definitely already are published and reaching zillions of people so you can cross that one off!


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