The hospital scene is tough – especially ICU. There are ups and downs, the road is rocky, disease can be cured but it can also be otherwise ….people get weary. I’m experiencing all of the emotions including fear and joy bundled in one. My mother’s battle Lymphoma ( I call it “This stupid thing) has opened my eyes to at least one more beautiful aspect of life- and that is service to others.  

These past 25 days have presented situations and responses that cause me to be in awe of nurses and doctors who work to save lives with skill and compassion, all the while expending personal energy to help another. I’m so grateful to the dedicated, educated and brilliant medical staff at KU Med Center who responsibly care for their patients. However, Id be remise if I didn’t mention the cafeteria cashiers and the kitchen cooks, and the aides and the security guards and the pastors who also encourage and lift the spirits of those in the building who face an onslaught of mental and physical challenges.  

The moment a person shares or shows compassion is the moment we realize we are here to love one another. There will be negative moments, but as Dr. Arvan told me, “Positive energy is more powerful than negative energy so when the negative creeps in DO NOT LET IT LINGER.”

Help yourself by doing positive things; eat healthy, move with enthusiasm, pray and give thanks, smell and apply essential oils that soothe, listen to music that inspires, call a friend who has your back, keep moving and keep the faith. 


When you really believe things will change- I believe they do. This boils down to faith, and that is the true reason for the season, God’s gift to us. This Christmas I will not be in my home opening presents under the tree. Instead, I will sincerely focus on the gift that I’ve always had within me- Jesus!  

May we each encourage and lift each other’s spirits during this wonderful season of Nativity! 

Merry Christmas!!!!



Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]