Category: Life Stuff

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

Why I’m biking across Iowa (again)

As I count down the days to chemo ending, then radiation ending, I am long looking into my bright future filled with fun adventures, love and laughs. Why not celebrate treatment’s end by biking across Iowa? It’s the first thing most people think to do, right? haha I decided to again join LIVESTRONG to bike

Biking, my happy activity

I went to coffee the other day with a nice guy. Conversation turned to biking as we shared our interests. I shared some of my biking adventures. We talked about my different bikes (he does not own a bike so wondered how I choose, and why I have three, lol). He asked if biking is

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

Being lost on life’s road

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your week is starting out on a great note! Do you ever feel like you’re lost, not sure where life is heading, or what your next plan is? Maybe life has taken an unexpected turn, bringing challenges or even opportunities that you weren’t expecting? How are you reacting? I’ve certainly

Be adaptable to change

Happy Monday, friends! This quote by Charles Darwin speaks to me on a lot of levels, but lately it reminds me to be flexible, patient and open as I go through breast cancer treatment. Life, and especially cancer, teaches us that we rarely can control what is tossed in our paths, but we can control

8 girls night in activities

I love my girlfriends. I love spending time with them, individually or as a group. There is something amazingly empowering and fun about being surrounded by strong, funny, smart women. I’m fortunate to have many of these women in my life, women who build each other up, provide support, encouragement and love. These women cheer

Surround yourself with good people

Happy Monday! Are you ready for another week? I am. I admit that I’m trying hard not to rush the weeks so I can be done with chemo, but it’s a bit tough to not want this over. I am in awe of the ever-growing display of cards from friends and family that adorn my

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