bad-ass-er-y  [bad-as-ur-ree]


1.  the art of behaving so exceptionally as to be mind blowing

synonym:  ultra-coolery

antonym:  douche baggery


I have been surrounded by supreme badassery as of late and I want to share my good fortune with my dear readers 🙂


At last Saturday’s USC football game, the former Trojan volleyball players were recognized on the field.  Our daughter, Mychaela, and adorable friend, Maya, both USC women’s volleyball alums, held up Todd’s “got marrow?” shirt to publicize the need for bone marrow donors.  Todd held it up during the men’s vball recognition, but I f-ed up and didn’t get a pic…

FIGHT ON, be a badass, and sign up to be a life saving hero!

Badassery in the Coliseum


I recently came across a full-on, completely badass video that friends Gregg, Chip and Dave, along with their CBRE team sent to me on the exact day of my transplant…  I remember watching it in my hospital bed, and crying because it was SO touching, but my f-ed up chemo brain was not able to remember where I had stored it, until now!  Sharing it is way overdue, but it is so badass, I think it’s appropriate for this post 🙂


PAB – Prednisone’s A Bitch, and dropping that roid has done wonders for offing some nasty side effects, like my unsightly facial hair.


Not such a badass look for me, but maybe Jesse would think so (see below)


No more Prednisone is badass


When I check out the stats of this blog, I see all the spam comments that have been assassinated by my badass software.  I usually don’t read them because I have trouble with Japanese and Russian, and I’m not in the market for a penis enlarger, but for some reason, I was drawn to this particular comment:

“Ive study not one article in your blog.  You are a large lad.”  –  Jesse.   Kinda badass, right?  I mean, Jesse just gets right to the point.  No beating around the bush with sweet talk.  He goes balls to the wall and lays it on the line.  Gotta respect his style.  Direct.   He not study one article in my blog and I’m a large lad.  WTFEDINTK? – What The F Else Do I Need To Know?


Last night, Todd and I went to an awesome event to support UCI Women’s Volleyball and coach Paula Weishoff, who is a friend of ours.  Even though I look like a toddler in this snap, it is completely and totally badass, because I’m surrounded by badassery.  On the left is Paula Weishoff, #1 women’s volleyball player in the world not so long ago.  On the right is Lindsay Davenport, also our friend, and #1 women’s tennis player in the world not so long ago.  And of course everyone recognizes Todd, reigning #1 caretaker in the world!

Surrounded by badassery


Not all side effects suck.  Here is one of my new badass side effects (I just woke up one morning, and there it was – hot pink bangs!):

Badassery on the bangery

Not only are my bangs badass, Dr. F once again displayed his badassery during this conversation:

Me – “Dr. F, I have a new side effect, and I have no idea what has caused it!” (pointing in a somewhat panic stricken manner to my forehead)

Dr. F – “It must be due to the fact that the marrow we transplanted into you came from a really cool person.”

Pretty badass if you ask me.  (or Leason 4)

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I am a survivor of two extremely rare diseases, thanks to over 100 blood transfusions and ultimately, a bone marrow transplant. My blog,, chronicles my adventures through medical offices, operating rooms, clinics, transfusion centers, hospital transplant floors, victory celebrations, and finally my bucket list items – all with a humorous and sometimes profane twist. My goal is to inspire others not to give up on life or anything else, and to understand that it’s actually possible to enjoy any experience, even battling a life-threatening illness (or two).

35 thoughts on “Badassery

  1. The video has reduced me to tears…so I must collect myself before attempting to respond to your Badass blog…You & Todd are so loved by many. “Love is making your world go ’round…and you are proof, laughter is the best medicine! Did Dr. F also see that perfect halo glowing above your beautiful head????


  2. Thanks for the morning entertainment — you are the greatest badass around!! Loving the pink bangs and baby smooth face … hugs!! 🌺


  3. Hey Jos, you were and are always badass in my book.! Inclduign your badass recovery. You’re georgous and don’t ever change. L4 keeps his facial hair (and penis enlarger) and you get the pink bangs. A winning deal all around.


  4. Jos,

    We love the badassery and so enjoyed seeing Mychaela, Todd and Maya on the field last Saturday with the sign!! It is so great that you are doing better and off the prednisone. Talk soon and love you!

    Gretchen and Dick

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  5. Hi Jos,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am so glad you are enjoying yourself and I DO love the pink bangs! Do you think Todd will Pink his bangs too? You know, like when he shaved his head? 🙂 I’d like to see that BADASS pic!



  6. Jos, we love your badassery attitude, your badassery blog and especially your badassery recovery thanks to your badassery brother Mr. Badass himself Leason 4. We hope you continue to keep all of your badass friends and relatives informed of your badass life on this badass planet. We send you much badass love. Lynn and Carolee


  7. You continue to amaze me, delight me and make me laugh. What a badass role model you are for all of us! So lucky to have a window into your world. KDW


  8. Hey Bad Ass Girl – Every time I see you, you are stronger and more bad ass than seems humanly possible. Keep up the good work.


  9. oops missed this badassery blog! You’ve got a badass attitude with badass pink bangs! Glad to be associated with such a badass friend…who would have ever know you’d be such an amazing survivor that kicks ass!
    xoxo, jae


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