Tag: cancer support

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

Financial resources for cancer survivors

Hearing the words “you have cancer” can be devastating. Cancer affects many areas of life, including finances. Treatment, co-pays, health insurance gaps (or none), inability to work and much more can negatively impact a patient’s finances. There are many wonderful financial resources for cancer survivors. I wanted to share some that I’ve come across during

My post-chemo hair journey

I can hardly believe that tomorrow is one year since I finished chemo for my third cancer. So many of you followed me on my journey to save my hair, asked many questions of cold capping and were so supportive (thank you!). I wanted to provide an update on my post-chemo hair journey as many

20 social distancing activities

More and more of us stuck at home as the country, and world, battles coronavirus. It sucks, right? No one wants life to be disrupted but more importantly, no one wants people to die because we didn’t try to stop the spread. As a three-time cancer survivor, I’ve done my fair share of social distancing,

How to be a friend during cancer

Cancer touches everyone. Whether your body or someone you know. It’s definitely difficult watching a friend or family member face cancer and all the treatments and associated issues. But it’s more difficult being the one actually going through all that. As a three-time cancer survivor, people often ask me how to be a friend during

A few of my favorite charities

Today is Giving Tuesday, a ‘global generosity movement.’ Falling the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it is a day to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. Charities look to this day to raise signifiant donations to support their programs. On this special day of generosity, I wanted to share a few of my favorite charities (if you need

Cancer advocacy in action

Last week I attended the awesome American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit & Lobby Day in Washington, DC. It’s one of my favorite cancer advocacy in action events. Our goal: fight cancer. We achieved that – 588 cancer advocates from all 50 states and Puerto Rico attended more 400 meetings with our federal

Biking Iowa to fight cancer

Seventy cancer fighters biked across Iowa last week to raise awareness of and more than $118,000 for LIVESTRONG’s programs supporting people facing cancer. It was my third time riding with Team LIVESTRONG at the Register’s Annual Great Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a seven-day bike ride from the Missouri to Mississippi Rivers. Four weeks post-treatment for

A thank you note to cancer

Today I celebrate 21 years since finishing treatment for my first cancer. Two weeks ago, I celebrated the end of treatment for my third cancer. I guess June will be a month of celebrations and recognition going forward. When I walked out of the hospital, done with a grueling 13-month treatment that included inpatient chemo

Hair-saving tips during chemo

It’s crazy that this week is six weeks since chemo finished! And while I’m still in radiation, I can finally see the end of treatment. I have no idea where life will take me after this but I’m excited to start a new chapter, clear of cancer and completed with treatment.  I’m very grateful that