Tag: cancer survivor

31 days of physical activity

Health and physical fitness are top priorities for me, especially as a three-time cancer survivor. I’m participating in a workshop that encourages different monthly goals throughout the year. March’s goal was creating a positive habit. So I decided to focus on 31 days of physical activity. My goal was a minimum of 15-minutes of physical

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

A year of clarity

The year of 2020 will be described in various terms in history books. Unprecedented. Life-altering. Dumpster fire. Worst year. No matter the description, it’s been quite a year. As 2020 comes to an end, I reflect on all that’s happened. And I realize it’s been a year of clarity for me. It was supposed to

Learning to let go

As a three-time cancer survivor, it would be easy to let the negativity surrounding cancer define my life. As a cancer survivor whose dad died from cancer, it would be just as easy to let survivor’s guilt lead my life. And for a while, these things did hold me down in negative emotions and indifference

Take the Gratitude Challenge

November kicks off the lead in to Thanksgiving, when many people start talking about gratitude. And while I believe we should focus on our gratitude every day of the year, this is a great time to pause to reflect. Especially this year with so much upheaval and uncertainly pressing on society. So I’d like to

Four ways to fight breast cancer

Ah, October. When pink takes over our view almost as much as black and orange for Halloween. As the second most common cancer among American women, conversations about breast cancer are important. And beyond the coloring of this month in pink, there are opportunities to push back against this disease. I wanted to share four

Why my heart test matters to you

I received my results from recent cardiology tests. Let me share why my heart test matters to you. Ever since chemo for bone cancer treatment 20+ years ago, in which I took the max dose of a chemo drug that can cause long-term heart issues, I’ve seen a cardiologist and get annual heart tests. Last

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

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

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