Travel tips from a cancer survivor

Travel is an important part of my life. I love to explore, learn about new cultures, history, nature and more. Between clearing my third cancer and then the Covid-19 pandemic, my travel plans were greatly disrupted. But, thanks to the Covid vaccine and like-minded friends who are ‘Covid conscious’ like me, I recently returned from

Honoring my dad’s memory

The first week of November is a little tough for me. My dad’s birthday is this week. Since his death from cancer many years ago, the ache of missing him never leaves, the tiny hole in my heart still empty. I miss everything that is him, even the faults. But every day I celebrate his

How a bike helped spread kindness

This past weekend was one of my favorite in a long time. Full of laughs, hugs, great conversations, a bike ride and helping raise awareness of and funds for important cancer support services. And intertwined through it all….kindness. From friends, family and strangers. Keep reading to learn how a bike helped spread kindness. The fight

Go beyond pink to fight breast cancer

If you didn’t know that October is designated as breast cancer awareness month, the slew of pink mixing in with fall colors may help you figure it out. And while it’s important to raise awareness of a cancer that affects one in eight women, it’s equally important to take action beyond wearing pink. Keep reading

Help me celebrate my birthday

After clearing three cancers, celebrating a birthday is a big deal to me. Truth is that I’m grateful for every day. Diagnosed with my first cancer at 21, I have now celebrated more birthdays as a cancer survivor. That’s pretty spectacular news! So as I celebrate another birthday, I’m focusing on celebrating being alive. And

Why I’m a cancer advocate

I often get asked why I’m a cancer advocate. Why do I spend so much of my personal time and energy volunteering to work with legislators, doctors and others to fight this disease? The simple answer, of course, is that I’m a cancer survivor. I cleared cancer three times. By the grace of God, the

4 tips to enjoy biking

You only have to skim a few social media posts to know that I love to bike. It really helps me stay strong, mentally, physically and emotionally. People often tell me that they also enjoy biking but don’t ride too far because of a sore bottom. Ouch! Biking is a lot of fun, but a

Biking 400 miles to fight cancer

As a three-time cancer survivors, fighting cancer is one of my biggest passions. And I love being physically active. So when the opportunity came to participate in a cycling fundraiser to raise money for Livestrong’s cancer support programs, I decided that biking 400 miles to fight cancer would be a fun accomplishment! Why I ride

3 ways to embrace a new chapter in life

As an avid reader and writer, I am often excited to turn the page on a new chapter when reading and writing. However, in life, starting a new chapter can sometimes be a little intimidating, especially if it’s unexpected. I’ve had to start many new chapters in my life. But I’ve learned to open my

23 lessons from living beyond three cancers

Today is a good day. Today I choose joy and gratitude. It has been 23 years of living beyond cancer. In that time, I cleared three cancers, too many surgeries and ridiculous amounts of chemo and radiation that battered my body. I still face side effects, physically, emotionally and mentally. But I am alive! So