Hannah Jane Nancarrow

I’ve always been an early riser. Not a 6AM early riser, or even a 5:30AM early riser — I’m a 4AM kind of girl. Maybe I’m a masochist, but really I just have a love affair with early mornings; each is reminiscent of my favorite Robert Frost poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay. I’m in love the crispness of the air, the faint rustle of leaves as they eagerly await their brief chance to be golden with the rise of the sun. I feel peace on the empty roads and abandoned beaches, as the vestiges of natural landscape glimmer with whispering critters, most of which I long to cuddle and have as pets. I’m in love early mornings because they’re not insistent; they don’t demand that I accomplish tasks, solve problems or make plans. Early mornings don’t expect me to look presentable, speak logically or act even accordingly — early mornings allow me to just be

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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 (thenancarrowproject.com) 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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  1. Doug Mayhew says:

    The beauty of a daughter’s love shines so brightly in you. Your dad raised a prize.

  2. Joyce Ward says:

    Hannah, This is beautiful & poignant. Your dad is undoubtedly “hovering” over you to let you know that he is there for you. I wonder if Arlo & his other beloved dogs accompany him. Thinking of you
    often & remembering your wonderful dad & Arlo with love.

    • Thank you Joyce! That is very thoughtful of you. I certainly expect him to be with Arlo and the rest of the brood. Hope you’re all doing well. Have you given any thought to another shepherd? You’re such a wonderful pet owner. XOXO

  3. dfsquilts says:

    Beautiful Hannah, I love your words. I am wondering, did the hospital ever name the garden after your dad? I contributed to that, and am hoping that it has happened!

  4. Gloria Jean Bishop says:

    I enjoyed the read Hannah. I like the part about not having to do anything, solve any problems, but how do you shut your brain off??? Lol when I awaken, ( I don’t sleep sound) I watch or listen to old comedy ” The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show”. It’s hilarious 😀. Thanks again.

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Ron says:

    Thanks for blogging and sharing your experiences. You are a credit to what you do as was your dad! God bless you and keep you. Good luck and keep on rolling.

  6. BONNY says:

    Thank you for sharing again – you are such an inspiration – had such respect for your dad! May you continue to write and share!

  7. Beth says:

    I use to get your comments and have not for a long time. Perhaps you were taking a much needed rest. Anyway, I enjoy them. I need your positive comments as I will be 79 in a couple of weeks and I am feeling a bit unsure about being to close to 80. As a 23 year cancer survivor, thanks for supporting the cause. Enjoy your passions and continue to take care of your health. I always watched your dad.

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