Tag: cancer support

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

I saved my hair during chemo

As I wind down the countdown to my last chemo treatment (hallelujah!), I thought I would share some insight on the cold cap therapy that I’ve been doing to save my hair during the toxic chemotherapy infusions. Thank you to those who have asked, encouraged and supported me through this. I love that you’re also

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

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

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

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

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.

Custom bike stem caps support people with cancer

If you read my last post about lessons learned on RAGBRAI (the bike ride across Iowa that I recently did with Team LIVESTRONG), you’ll know why my road bike is so important to me. From the confidence to the health benefits to the freedom I feel, biking is important to me. As much as I

Celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day

For almost 16 million Americans and their families and friends, today is a significant day. A day to celebrate life. A day to recognize the journeys walked and fought. Today is National Cancer Survivors Day. Observed the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivors Day is a special day to recognize cancer survivors, bring attention

5 tips to enjoy Christmas during cancer

Christmas is quickly approaching, as it does every year (my dear mother pointed out to me). I do like the lights, music and fun of this season, even if I never seem ready for the colder temperatures, early dark evenings and busy preparations for the holiday season. 2 Christmas was always a special time during