Category: Cancer Tips

A Montana escape for cancer survivors

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since I first attended a conference for young adult cancer survivors that changed my life. Twenty years since I first saw and fell in love with the mountains of Montana. Twenty years since I passed under the sign that welcomed me to the magical place called

Embracing “you do you” care tips

You get a lot of advice when you’re diagnosed with cancer. From your medical team to well-meaning people to strangers who don’t have a darn clue about your situation but feel the need to comment anyway. For the most part, I appreciate the thoughtfulness but don’t get stuck in the advice. Not that I don’t

When cancer research gets personal

I’m honored and excited to share that I will be again joining LIVESTRONG at the annual One Voice Against Cancer lobby day in Washington, DC. I’ll be joining other cancer advocates to meet with our federal legislators to talk about cancer research, access to care and more. You all know I’m super passionate about cancer

Embracing this cancer journey

Life doesn’t always take us on the journey we expect, does it? I should know this very well by now. As a now 3-time cancer survivor, and every day adult who is thankful to be alive in her 40s, life certainly takes us on detours, some beautiful, some scary and sad. But as long as

5 tips to think positively

I promised from the start to be real on this blog and I try. My emotions have been everywhere lately, with highs and lows. I cry when people are being nice to me, and in the middle of the night when I feel alone, and when I received several gorgeous bouquets of flowers and presents

8 helpful cancer resources

When you hear the words “it’s cancer” (or whatever your doctor said to change the course of your life), there are a lot of emotions and thoughts that collide in the seconds, hours, days, months that follow this news. I first heard a variation of those words when I was 21, three months shy of

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

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.