Tag: cancer support

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

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

Tips to support cancer survivors every day

It’s an undisputed fact – cancer affects everyone. With almost 17 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 43 million cancer survivors worldwide, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. People often ask how they can be there for someone going through cancer. So I

Facing infertility after cancer

More than 150,000 people of reproductive age are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many cancers and treatments can cause infertility issues in women and men. Facing infertility after cancer can be a devastating outcome from trying to save your life. Picture being told you have cancer. And your chance of having a family, whether now

5 ways to fight cancer on World Cancer Day

An estimated 1.8 million Americans will hear ‘you have cancer’ this year. Approximately 606,000 will die from the disease. One is too many. Fighting cancer is an issue that I’m passionate about and I like to share opportunities to support cancer survivors while fighting the disease whenever I can. So I want to share 5