Tips for planning a group camping trip

Summers in Michigan are most often fun, beautiful, busy months that seem to fly by. For me, summers mean biking, hiking, picnics, geocaching, exploring new and old places, camping, travel, barbecues and so much more. I’m excited for an upcoming camping weekend with several female friends. We’ll be heading to beautiful northern Michigan for a

My cycling check list

As you may have guessed, I’ve been spending lots of time on my road bike as I prepare to ride across Iowa during RAGBRAI to raise funds for LIVESTRONG’s programs for cancer survivors, caregivers and their families. It took a while for Mother Nature to bless us with warm and dry temps so I could

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

Sun safety tips

The weather is feeling like summer (Michigan decided to skip spring), with the sun brightly shining and the temps climbing. Perfect days to be outdoors playing, gardening, relaxing, swimming and more. Perfect time to apply sunscreen! May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to pause to remember how easy it is to protect

The power one voice makes against cancer

In a few short weeks, I will recognize (and celebrate) the anniversary of the end of my treatment from bone cancer. Twenty years since I walked out of the hospital, bald, skinny, nervous of what the future held for a young adult cancer survivor, and incredibly hopeful and excited for a new chapter and chance

10 life lessons from my sweet mom

I’m fortunate to be raised by two amazing parents who didn’t hesitate to show my sisters and me support, encouragement, love, laughter, and respect (with some rules sprinkled in too). My parents balanced each other in so many ways. I had a different, but close, relationship with both my mom and dad. Even though cancer took

SOLIDarity Cycling focuses on getting women on bikes

I’m very excited, and more than a little honored, to share some good news. As you probably know after reading a few blog posts, I am a bone cancer and melanoma survivor. In fact, this summer I celebrate 20 years as a bone cancer survivor. I’m so grateful and blessed to write that! You probably

Heading south to Birmingham, Alabama

I’m sorry it’s been a bit of lag since my last blog post about my wine tasting trip to Traverse City. Since that time, I flew to Iowa for a fundraiser, spent a day advocating for cancer survivors in Lansing, and headed down south for sunshine and fun (in between working, catching a cold, and

Wintry wine weekend

It’s hard to believe that I used the word ‘wintry’ in a blog post for April in Michigan, but, alas, I did. Despite the cold, white stuff still invading my days, I enjoyed a fun girls’ getaway to Traverse City. This northern Michigan town is a favorite getaway of mine. I admittedly love it more

5 activities for fun with nieces and nephews

It’s no secret that I’m the proud aunt of four nieces and two nephews (although one is legally a nephew in law, I love him like my own too), ranging in ages from 6 years to 22 years old. I love being an active part of their lives. Watching them grow warms my heart and