No Mud, No Lotus

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

I got an overdraft notice from the bank this morning, accompanying a $35 fee and bounced rent check. I washed all my black clothes—in bleach. I dropped my iPhone and stared helplessly as it shattered on the ground. My cat pooped in the kitchen sink. I repeat: he pooped in the kitchen sink. I’m breaking out in a way I can only imagine will leave me looking like “Craterface” from Grease. I spent $50 on a tanning membership the day before my brother found skin cancer on his toe. I crashed my car on the way to the hospital—where my dad was having emergency brain surgery related to his terminal cancer diagnosis. AndI’m happier than I’ve ever been.

I’ve heard that life is a journey, to enjoy the ride. I’ve been reminded to count my blessings, to be thankful for what I have and to live each day…

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Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog ( and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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12 comments on “No Mud, No Lotus
  1. Nancy says:

    I thought I was having bad day with a cold, work, and I found termite damage but you win. Hang in there.

  2. foxtail56 says:

    You are a gem Hannah! My best to you and your family.

  3. Beth says:

    Oh Hannah…..I live by the ‘this too shall pass’! It’s the way to move from the shitty things in life to all the great things that life has to offer.

  4. Linda Fennell says:

    I’m always moved by the final thoughts and the way you wrap it up. I love the written word… Not easy to move me. You move me each time. Thanks…..

  5. Janie Klein says:

    What a day! I hope it gets better later on. You know it will :).


  6. Hannah, I’ve said it to you before, but it is worth repeating. You are a wonderful writer and it is a pleasure to read what you have to say. Please give my love to your mom and dad. My heart is with all of you. Bridget

  7. Judy Wheatley says:

    Your blog brings to mind a couple of things ….

    “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, a short children’s book by Judith Viorst. Here’s how it starts …. “I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” You may be on your way to topping his day!

    …. and a quote from Senator Margaret Chase Smith: There will be demands upon your ability, upon your endurance, upon your disposition, upon your patience…just as fire tempers iron into fine steel so does adversity temper one’s character into firmness, tolerance and determination.

    So …. hang in there! I love reading straight from the heart your blog entries.

  8. Susan R. Wise says:

    Hey Hannah, no worries, “this too shall pass” a pretty cool quote and idea about Life. Congrats to Graham on successful outcome re the toe cancer/new sunblock, 50 (?) believer! Happy Mother’s Day to your dear Mom, Susie, my long-time dear friend. And thanks for your post, YES, you darling Dad, Loren is a true Lotus flower! I’m sending along my warm wishes, thoughts and prayers for your Dad’s continued progress and walk in this World! All the best to you, Graham & Britta! Fondly, Hugs, Susan & Julian Wise

  9. Dee Weygandt says:

    There would be no mud without a little rain. Just a thought to keep in mind.

  10. oteroclan says:

    Shattered phone….my mom can take that stress away. No need to worry. Call the most caring sweet lady you will meet.

    The Gadget Fairy….760-844-2204.

    I am serious. Call her, you won’t be disappointed. Takes about one hour and she can meet you somewhere. Does it right out of her business truck. Google The Gadget Fairy for more info.

    Happy Days.

  11. beautifully written

  12. Scott Stevens says:

    Once again such a well written blog, you certainly have a gift of expressing yourself in words. I feel I will be reading this blog for years to come!!

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