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,

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

Welcoming fall at Blake’s Cider Mill

It’s fall in Michigan and that means it’s time to visit a cider mill. Seriously, it’s like a tradition or rule or something when you live here. Ok, maybe not a rule, but a definite tradition in my life. My parents often took my sisters and me to the local cider mills during our childhood.

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

Cancer research saved my life and leg

Being a cancer advocate to help others is one of my greatest passions. As a bone cancer and melanoma survivor, and daughter who lost her dad to cancer, the fight against this disease is very personal. However, this fight goes far beyond my family’s story to also include dear friends and family, and their family

Celebrating birthdays after cancer

I recently celebrated another birthday, being spoiled by family and friends. I realized this birthday that I have been a cancer survivor longer than I have not. Many emotions swirl with that thought. If you follow my Instagram feed or read my last blog, you know I recently had surgery to replace parts of my

5 tips for recovering from surgery or injury

I’m sorry that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately. I’ve been recovering from unexpected surgery to my leg. Many of you know that I’m a bone cancer survivor. Along with aggressive rounds of chemo, I underwent a limb salvage surgery (thankfully) that removed and replaced most of my femur, knee and upper