45 reasons to celebrate life as a cancer survivor

Birthdays are a big deal in my family. This was true long before cancer touched my family but especially now. As a three-time cancer survivor, I don’t take these opportunities for granted. I am grateful for the gift of another day. As I turn the page of another year, I wanted to pause to share

Your vote can help fight cancer

Don’t let the title scare you. This isn’t a post about politics. Not really. It is a post about using your voice to support others. And how how your vote can help fight cancer. Why we should vote Before I get too far ahead, I’d be remiss not to pause to acknowledge the significance of

Cold capping saved my hair from chemo

Facing my third cancer was shocking and heartbreaking. The thought of losing my hair from chemo (again) felt like a punch to the stomach. When my oncologist shared a possibility of keeping my hair, I was willing to try it. And I’m grateful that cold capping saved my hair from chemo. It’s been 16 months

8 bike safety tips

There are so many people riding bikes lately that most bike shops are selling out of their inventory! I love seeing people enjoying one of my favorite activities. However, knowing some important guidelines can keep you safe. I want to share eight bike safety tips below. Biking after cancer I grew up biking. My sisters,

Wear a mask, save a life

I’m going to share a perspective that is so simple to me, yet has been lost in controversy. Wear a mask, save a life. Be assured that this isn’t a post about politics or constitutional rights or anything like that. It’s about being kind and looking out for others, being part of a community and

My dad’s legacy of fighting cancer

On this morning 16 years ago, cancer caused an irreparable crack in my heart. We said good bye to my dad after a courageous 6-year battle with cancer (ugh I still can’t write this sentence without crying). And on this day 16 years ago, I committed to continue my dad’s legacy of fighting cancer. My

10 lessons from surviving 3 cancers

My cancer anniversaries are moments to acknowledge the journey. And lessons learned. Surviving three cancers brings many experiences and lessons. Some ugly, some beautiful. With that in mind, I want to share 10 lessons from surviving 3 cancers, focusing on the strength found in this journey. This new road in life I thought I had

Simple ways to help improve cancer care access

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day, a time to celebrate the almost 17 million cancer survivors in the United States. As a bone cancer, melanoma and breast cancer survivor, this is one of my favorite days because it’s a day to celebrate life beyond cancer. And also be aware of simple ways to help improve

Five ways to advocate for change

Have you ever taken action to raise awareness of a cause or issue that needs support or to be changed? Or have you wanted to but didn’t know where to start? I wanted to help you get started by sharing five ways to advocate for change. Many people think advocacy is lobbying legislators but that’s

Five sun safety tips

I love being outdoors, whether biking, hiking, gardening or relaxing on the deck. Sunshine makes me happy. Protecting my skin to prevent skin cancer also makes me happy! I want to share five sun safety tips to help protect your skin too. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month so a great time to pause to