Tag: cancer survivor

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

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

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