Winter getaway to Chicago

Travel is one of my favorite activities. I love exploring places near and far. I love that many of my friends also have the travel bug. It’s a great friend who is also willing to be spontaneous and plan a fun getaway. So when one of my girlfriends called to invite me on a sort

Sharing my LIVESTRONG voice

There are millions of amazing, inspiring stories in the cancer community, including many of you reading this. It makes it more humbling and an honor for me to be invited to share my cancer survivor story on the LIVESTRONG blog. You can read my story on their blog here. On a side note, I had

Cancer showed up (again), I cleared it.

When bone cancer appeared in my life at 21, I had no idea the road it would lead me on, the people I would meet, adventures I would experience, opportunities that would appear, courage I would find or the woman I would be become. I am grateful for all of those moments that led me

New year, new hopes, new journey

What?! It’s time to flip the calendar page on a new year? I seriously feel like this new year flew upon us too quickly. How about you? I admit that I’m usually ready for the fun and hope of a new blank year. While of course the striking of midnight doesn’t wipe a slate clean

Benefits of a workout buddy

I recently shared that I had experienced anxiety and hesitation after my knee revision surgery this fall. First, thank you to so many for reaching out, either via comments or private messages, with support, stories, tips and encouragement. It is SO appreciated! I took those tips and encouragement and started moving again. I’m happy to

Managing anxiety after a health issue

Sorry for the length of this post but I have a confession. I’ve been managing some post-surgery anxiety. It shouldn’t surprise me because one of the many things you learn as a cancer survivor is that just because treatment ends, your cancer journey doesn’t necessarily end. It takes many detours, climbs, downhills, jumps and more.

A week of gratitude – time with family and friends

As I prepare some food dishes to take to Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, I can’t help thinking of how very grateful I am for my life. Of course, my health as a cancer survivor is always at the forefront of my gratitude because how could I not feel blessed? I’m thankful for all

A week of gratitude – finding peace in nature

Being outdoors has always been one of my favorite places. From simple play in my childhood backyard to trail rides on horses to fishing on a quiet lake, being in nature seemed like ‘second nature’ to me. I didn’t think much about it because my parents were always encouraging us to ‘go outside and play.’

A week of gratitude – an aunt gives thanks

Birthdays have always been special in my family. My parents are to be thanked for this for they celebrated each of us from the day we were born. It isn’t the birthday parties that stand out, although always fun, as much as the joy and love that my parents put into each year. And on

A week of gratitude – Day 1 of giving thanks

You’ve probably seen a lot of people recently posting on social media about gratitude and giving thanks. Many of my friends do a gratitude countdown to Thanksgiving in November. I love reading these, as I’m a big believer in expressing thanks and gratitude. To people, as it means much to hear kind words. To yourself,