Billy Joel

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

My dad and I have always shared similar opinions on just about everything. We love the same Billy Joel songs. We like to eat at the same restaurants. We‘re intrigued by the same journalists and inspired by the same writers. We share a love of music and a lack of rhythm. And we laugh at the same bizarre jokes. We’ve even come to an agreement that there are two types of people in the world: people who like Family Guy (him) and people who like South Park (me). So even when we disagree, we somehow manage to still agree.

Lately, the chemo and other cancer meds have changed him. And I can only assume the sadness and stress have changed me too. Our similarities seem to dwindle and things we agree on are fewer and farther between. Recently, it seems that stubbornness is all we share. We disagree on big…

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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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6 comments on “Billy Joel
  1. Sammy Gross says:

    May the Peace that Passes All understanding embrace you all…I have been thru much of the same situations with my own family and working at SDHospice. Death reminds us all that no one escapes and yet gives us hope in a new tomorrow where were are free of pain and suffering..Thankyou for bringing us all into your lives and making us one…love and peace to each of you…not like the world gives…only that which comes from within and placed by Spirit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    wow…that was….yes it was….thanks for sharing….love all around

  3. Phyllis Ramage says:

    How blessed Loren is to have a family that loves him so much as he goes through this trial. Some have no one that walks with them in their darkness of life. I pray for faith, supernatural strength, courage, and wisdom for all the Nancarrows and for the continuous hope that Doctors will discover a cure.

  4. Jackie Owens says:

    Dear Loren. Your beautiful Hannah did it again. A wonderfully written piece about your likes and dislikes and sharing things together. C hanges are bound to happen while one undergoes all the radiation and chemotherapy for this d—- cancer. Underneath it all is still the same dad she has always loved, She has to dig a little deeper to him now a days. I know you are having to struggle with these treatments and you family is undergoing changes also in coping with your changes. Hang in there Loren, The world is praying for you and your family.

  5. Dawn says:

    I sent this particular blog to a granddaughter who is now in the same process as you are. Waiting, hoping and praying and a reminder that the Irish Prayer about acceptance is how life is. Hugs to you and yours. Dawn

  6. Bj Ross says:

    I sang along I hope you didn’t mind my being a lot off key LOL!
    walking this journey with your family makes me feel somewhat close to you as I too am walking my own journey. I am so thankful to have all of you in my life (from a distance) but at least I can enjoy the ride.
    Continuous prayers, love, positive vibes, cheering and all the good stuff. Put your arms around one another and hug gently and somewhere in that hug is me hugging too.

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