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Focus on the Good Things

February 16, 2023

Katie, me, Given

This morning was rough. For me. For Ken (who is probably tired of being my caretaker: first through cancer and now this). 😉

He never complains. Quite the opposite. He cries with me and feels helpless; this morning, he drove me to the scheduled doctor appointment since I couldn’t.

Several of you have commented, “Thought it was the gallbladder.” Two doctors now have said that it is not.

I’ve also been asked if these are panic attacks. They are not.

I’m doing my best not to get discouraged. The whole way home from the appointment today, I sang harmonies with Megan who is singing “Rely On Me.” Not as exuberantly as usual 😂, but I sang my heart out anyway.

Then, I met two new singers for my next song. I’ve gotta focus on the good things in my life.

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.