Category: Health

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

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 – 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.’

Staying motivated on an indoor bike trainer

The first snowflakes fell in southeast Michigan yesterday….and I was sad. I’m not ready for winter. I admittedly am never ready for winter weather. I prefer being active outdoors. But at least I can bring my road bike indoors with me. The titanium rod in my femur and upper tibia make it too risky to

Knife skills for healthy cooking

I’ve been focused on evaluating and improving my eating habits the past few weeks. I slacked a bit after my knee revision surgery. So as I’ve been able to be more physically active as I recover, I also am changing my eating. This means eating more often at home, which means I should cook a

Advocating for hope in the fight against cancer

It was another inspiring, motivating trip to Washington, DC to advocate for improved cancer care and prevention programs. Last week I journeyed to our nation’s capitol with almost 500 cancer advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. We were there for advocacy training and to meet with our Senators and Representatives to improve