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What a Difference a Year Makes

February 25, 2024

Katie & Marie Do Coconut Kenny’s

A year ago, I wrote these words on Facebook:

All joking aside—I’ve told way too many poop stories and probably hit my record of excessive posting the day before my colonoscopy 😂I had another episode from 7:00 last night to 7:00 this morning. I’m pretty sure things didn’t go well as midway through the night, I said to my husband, “I want to go to heaven.”

Here’s what I’m writing today:

What a difference a year makes. While I no longer have a gallbladder 😉 (which the doctors finally figured out to be the culprit after three months of agony last winter), what I do have is a job I love, a great husband, restored health, and four newly recorded songs since that crabby post up there.

The first one of those songs just came out on February 12.

I finally got to celebrate today with this lovely human (who helped me write the song and sang it so beautifully) with some Coconut Kenny’s pizza and a rare three-hour gab fest. ❤

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.