Embracing “you do you” care tips

You get a lot of advice when you’re diagnosed with cancer. From your medical team to well-meaning people to strangers who don’t have a darn clue about your situation but feel the need to comment anyway. For the most part, I appreciate the thoughtfulness but don’t get stuck in the advice. Not that I don’t

9 family fun activities

I think Mother Nature is on the verge of sharing spring with us. And I know that most of us are ready for winter to slip away and spring to appear….warmer temps, sunshine, flowers blooming, trees awakening. Ah, yes, please. I’m antsy for warmer weather so I can be outdoors more. Without bundling in layers

Being lost on life’s road

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your week is starting out on a great note! Do you ever feel like you’re lost, not sure where life is heading, or what your next plan is? Maybe life has taken an unexpected turn, bringing challenges or even opportunities that you weren’t expecting? How are you reacting? I’ve certainly

When cancer research gets personal

I’m honored and excited to share that I will be again joining LIVESTRONG at the annual One Voice Against Cancer lobby day in Washington, DC. I’ll be joining other cancer advocates to meet with our federal legislators to talk about cancer research, access to care and more. You all know I’m super passionate about cancer

Be adaptable to change

Happy Monday, friends! This quote by Charles Darwin speaks to me on a lot of levels, but lately it reminds me to be flexible, patient and open as I go through breast cancer treatment. Life, and especially cancer, teaches us that we rarely can control what is tossed in our paths, but we can control

8 girls night in activities

I love my girlfriends. I love spending time with them, individually or as a group. There is something amazingly empowering and fun about being surrounded by strong, funny, smart women. I’m fortunate to have many of these women in my life, women who build each other up, provide support, encouragement and love. These women cheer

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

Embracing this cancer journey

Life doesn’t always take us on the journey we expect, does it? I should know this very well by now. As a now 3-time cancer survivor, and every day adult who is thankful to be alive in her 40s, life certainly takes us on detours, some beautiful, some scary and sad. But as long as

Collecting postcard memories

I’m a big fan of collecting experiences and memories over splurging on lots and lots of material items. I like to take lots of pictures when I travel, marking special places and memories. However, I also spend a lot of time simply exploring and talking with my travel mates and people we meet along the

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