Today was Mom's follow-up appointment to discuss last week's colonoscopy. She has a 5-6 cm cancerous mass on her ascending colon. Bloodwork and a CT scan are our next steps. At the lab, the technician asked my mom how to spell her last name.
Rapidly, my mom reeled off "H-0-D-E-L."
The technician showed Mom her ID badge and asked, "Is it spelled like this?"
This is Jamie Hodel. She grew up in S California, her family previously lived in Kansas where they raised cattle. We couldn't any find any names/relatives in common, but we convinced ourselves that somehow we were related.