Saturday, March 14

42 is the Answer

On March 22, Steve Zieser will turn 42. If you’re a sci-fi geek (like us), you know that the number 42 holds a lot of significance. 42 is the answer to the most important question ever asked: What is the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything? [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams]

Of course, life is not sci-fi (did I just say that?) and can often be more serious than we expect. This was the case last week as we found out that the cancer Steve had beaten twice before has most likely returned. While this wasn’t the "answer" we wanted to is what we were given.

Fortunately, we haven't reached the end of the story...not by a long shot. Steve is not giving up hope...neither of us are. We refuse to allow the word cancer to hinder our life. We will continue to be foster parents, continue to pursue adoption, continue to reach out to others who are hurting and most of all we will continue to praise our God who was and is and is to come.

So, in about a week, when Steve turns 42 (and actually, even now) he will be able to tell us all the true answer to the age-old question: What is the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything? That love.

Love is a many splendored makes the world go round...all we need is love...but most of all: God is Love

On this most special of birthdays, I would like to shower my beloved husband with the love I know is out there. Not only to celebrate his birthday, but to fill his mind and heart and soul with all the love and encouragement that he so needs right now.

If you want to be a part of this celebration, please send cards and letters of hope, support and love to...

Steve Zieser
2533 Falcon Drive NE
Cedar Rapids IA 52402

Note that this email/post can be passed on to anyone and everyone. Steve is a wonderful man who continues to love and encourage others regardless of his circumstances. He is an inspiration to many and a hero to me. Thank you for helping us celebrate #42.


PS. We have been keeping a blog of our adventures since the second diagnosis in June of 2007...ironically on our fourth wedding anniversary. We titled the blog Team Zieser because we know we can't do this alone. Feel free to join us on this journey by going to where you can sign up for email updates or just read back through our story. We aren't anyone special...we're just two people who have been through some very difficult times together...and are still in love.


  1. I read the email you sent me to my Wife, and she asked that I please comment and let you know that our prayers will include the Ziesers. Bless you both.

  2. My thoughts and prayers go with you both.

  3. I'm thinking good thoughts and sending good vibes your way Steve...Here's hoping you lick this thing once and for all.

  4. I "met" Steve back in January when he was highlighting some of his artwork process on his C&D blog. He was really nice and encouraging. I'm really sorry to hear of yet another wall to climb over, I wish good karma and good fortune to you all in getting over to the other side.

  5. Hang in there! Wishing you both the best during this time and a speedy recovery for Steve.

    42 is just a couple months away for me too.

  6. We're sending good wishes your way from FO! headquarters, Steve. We really appreciate your fantastic cover for issue #4 and all the great work you've done for us and others. I hope you beat this thing. Fight on!

    - Calithena