Tag: cancer survivor

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

10 lessons from surviving 3 cancers

My cancer anniversaries are moments to acknowledge the journey. And lessons learned. Surviving three cancers brings many experiences and lessons. Some ugly, some beautiful. With that in mind, I want to share 10 lessons from surviving 3 cancers, focusing on the strength found in this journey. This new road in life I thought I had

Simple ways to help improve cancer care access

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day, a time to celebrate the almost 17 million cancer survivors in the United States. As a bone cancer, melanoma and breast cancer survivor, this is one of my favorite days because it’s a day to celebrate life beyond cancer. And also be aware of simple ways to help improve

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

Staying positive during life’s challenges

Going through cancer or another life challenge can sometimes feel like you’re being dragged down. But you’re not! Focusing on positivity and possibilities can help you more easily embrace the days. I wanted to share some tips for staying positive during life’s challenges, whether an illness, pandemic, unemployment, relationship breakup or some other challenge. Truth

Four solo exercise ideas

Social distancing is a new concept for many people, but not cancer survivors or people living with suppressed immune systems. While our society takes on a new look as we desperately try to slow the coronavirus, many people are already getting restless at home (admittedly I am too). As I try to stay positive, I’ve

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

Managing post-cancer anxiety

Going through cancer treatment, or any illness, sucks. There’s no fluffy way of writing it. Many people get so caught up in managing treatment and then it’s over. Worries about the disease returning, side effects, relating to others and more can cause anxiety. The trick is to not let it overtake your life and make