When the Sun Shines, We’ll Shine Together

Hey all,

Good day today!!  Jay got his chest tube and epidural out earlier in the day and we’re making steady progress towards getting discharged from the hospital sometime tomorrow.  Also, he did a full two miles of laps around the floor, basking in the steady stream of praise for his signature unicorn slippers (gift from his Bootsoft crew).  One fellow patient was coveting his slippers so much that he went online and had a pair shipped directly to the hospital.  The power of the unicorn is strong on the 18th floor!

unicorn slippers

There were so many nice visits too, both yesterday and today.  We won’t be sad to leave the hospital, but it is such a wonderful thing to see so many people and be reminded of how enduring your love and support has been this past year.

One last highlight of the day I want to share was a wonderful music therapy session in the afternoon with Sloan Kettering’s music therapist Alessandro Ricciarelli.  Our friends Sarah and Matt were visiting (Matt recently sang during our wedding ceremony and both have been involved in Red Rooster in the past).  Jay pulled out the set of harmonicas that he insisted on bringing to the hospital and got to exercise his new clean lungs and everyone struck up in beautiful harmony.  Jay won’t let me post his narcotics-influenced singing on “Country Road” and “The Boxer” (even though they’re awesome)…but Rihanna’s “Umbrella” made the cut:


When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’d be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath, I’m gonna stick it out ’til the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella

You guys are our umbrella.  We love you!




  1. Darby Ringer says:

    Jay, I am so happy for you and Katie Rose. Let the healing continue!!

  2. Brian Berlandi says:


  3. The Bluebird of Happiness is soaring exta high today! Thanks for your song….made me happy too. Bravo!!!! All our love to you and Jay

  4. Veronique Wantz says:

    Love to you both from Avoise. I am so glad if all the great news. Alleluia! Vero 

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone.

  5. patty giesecke says:

    My heart is singing….

  6. Theresa Ryan says:

    Healing and touching lives wherever you go. xot

  7. Thanks for sharing KR! Such joy and happiness! Love to you both.

  8. Kristina Gates says:

    Yes! This is amazing. I’ll be singing umbrella all day thinking of you guys and I’m going to rock my unicorn shirt just for you! Keep up the fight ❤️
    Love Kristina

  9. Mary Ludington says:

    Wow, great update, Katie Rose & Jay! So glad all went well and you are heading home!! I bet the hospital will miss you, your energy. XO, Mary & Kevin

  10. Pure love, Pure Jay. I’m so glad you’re coming home quickly this time! Thank you Katie Rose for sharing. You are a champ.
    And that “Ella, Ella, Ella” is so dear to me, that was going to be Erik’s name if he had been a girl.
    Rock on, brother. Rock on. I’ll jam with you any time.

  11. Pat Farrell says:

    yes, i have tears too. i , we, are so hugely happy that this was a good surgery jay and that you are back home today. love your heartwarming words, katie rose. the music, harmonica, slippers, and joy on the 18th floor. i can hear you singing at the top of your good lungs..’country road, take us home to the place we belong…’
    love, pat tom mark

  12. Sebastian says:

    Such a great post! And I love the unicorn slippers! Love you both!

  13. LOVE this. Thank you so much for sharing Katie Rose. Does my heart good to watch. Sending love.

  14. Randy Fairbanks says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for posting this. Wonderful to hear that Jay will be discharged tomorrow. Sending love!

  15. Jane Ringer says:

    KR, thanks for sharing! I had tears —-loved the song and so good to see Jay in his “music world.”
    You guys are AMAZING!!!!!!

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