Tag: cancer survivor

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

10 lessons from 10 years

Happy almost 2020! It’s hard to believe that not only is a new year rolling in tomorrow but we’re also kicking off a new decade! I feel like every year brings new hopes and excitement at what’s to come. But before looking too far ahead, I’ve been reflecting on all that the last decade brought

A year of joy

One year ago I heard the words “you have cancer” – for the third time. Three separate cancers. Stunned. Disbelief. Anger. Disappointment. All immediate emotions. After that diagnosis, I didn’t expect this to be a year of joy. Lots of joy. Finding joy Clearing a third cancer was…surreal to say the least. Difficult to describe,

Tips for living your best life

Do you live fearlessly? Do you open your arms and mind to new experiences? Are you open to love? Afraid of change? Appreciate each day? Are you living your best life? I’m always looking for motivation and tips for living my best life. As a bone cancer, melanoma and now breast cancer survivor, I try

Easy tips to stay active

People often don’t understand that although cancer treatment ends, it doesn’t really end. What does that mean? Many of the drugs that work to save your life from cancer can cause other side effects – heart issues, bone degeneration, hearing loss, hot flashes, whatever. So you’re always on your toes, being proactive or managing some

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

Birthday wishes and life lessons

Today is my birthday. The start of a new year. An opportunity to refocus on life’s wishes and dreams. A day to enjoy my life. A thousand moments to feel gratitude. A time to reflect on life lessons learned and birthday wishes. As a three-time cancer survivor, birthdays are not something I take for granted.