At a crossroads in life. Middle-age and nothing has gone as I'd ever dreamed. Many blessings, but some unimaginable stumbling blocks, too. Spent six years caregiving for younger daughter with cancer, then healing from her death at the age of 9. Continued to be mom to a surviving older daughter who will graduate high school -- after plenty of detours along the way -- and go on to college as a nursing major this autumn. Still married: working hard at it, but the destination of our journey together remains uncertain. Went back to work a few years ago. Also run a nonprofit foundation to help other cancer families. Yet a light inside me had gone out. Then when I considered going back for a graduate degree, a spark lit up inside. Something woke up that hasn't burned in a long time. I took the risk spontaneously ... sat through the GRE at the last minute, only applied to one institution, and waited to see what the universe had to say about it all. Well, the universe said yes. Friends said yes. Harvard said yes. (Financial aid office said, “We’ll take your money, even if it’s all borrowed.”) My family ... they struggled with it. But me? I realized that it's okay for me to say "Yes" too. YES!