My biking check list

I’ve been biking a lot now that my hair shedding post-chemo has slowed and I can wear a helmet. I get excited to head out on my bike so I have a checklist that I run through each time to make sure I remember important items. Besides remembering your bike (ha), these are items that

Dating as a cancer survivor

I’ve been mentoring some young adult cancer survivors in their 20s. Among their questions is how to navigate the dating world as a cancer survivor. My answer: It’s not any different than dating as a non-cancer survivor. Yes we had a health issue and some side effects may remain. But I compare it to dating

A thank you note to cancer

Today I celebrate 21 years since finishing treatment for my first cancer. Two weeks ago, I celebrated the end of treatment for my third cancer. I guess June will be a month of celebrations and recognition going forward. When I walked out of the hospital, done with a grueling 13-month treatment that included inpatient chemo

Hair-saving tips during chemo

It’s crazy that this week is six weeks since chemo finished! And while I’m still in radiation, I can finally see the end of treatment. I have no idea where life will take me after this but I’m excited to start a new chapter, clear of cancer and completed with treatment.  I’m very grateful that

5 ways to live strong

Today is a special day. Today we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day and the more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, more than 32 million worldwide. Today is also celebrated as LIVESTRONG Day, a day to honor and celebrate cancer survivors, caregivers, families, friends and those who are no longer with us

One voice fighting cancer

I had the awesome honor of attending the One Voice Against Cancer advocacy event in Washington, DC last week. This event brings together volunteer advocates from cancer organizations from around the country to provide an unified voice focused on long-term, sustained funding for cancer research and prevention on the federal level. It’s one of my

Sun safety tips

May is Skin Cancer & Sun Safety Awareness Month, a perfect time to remind us of the importance of protecting our largest organ. As a melanoma cancer survivor, I’m a tad crazy about protecting my skin. The facts around skin cancer are startling – more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all

5 tips to help move your body

I’ve really been focused on moving my body to stay active during chemo treatments. I believe being active helped manage side effects, and in fact keep most at bay. While I definitely was not able to maintain my regular workout routine and all of my activities (there are many restrictions related to cold cap therapy

Geocaching with kids

Michigan experienced a burst of spring so I took my nieces and nephew geocaching! They have been asking me about this GPS scavenger hunt activity for months. I love that they enjoy being outdoors, trying new actives and having fun together. My nieces are 12 and 7, my nephew 10 (my other nieces are in

Ringing the bell after chemo ends

It’s DONE! I finished chemotherapy! This isn’t a long, deep post. It’s simply a post to say THANK YOU for the kind messages, comments, thoughts, prayers and more though my chemo treatment. I’m thrilled it’s done and praying the side effects are minimal next week and my body slowly feels stronger. I still have a