Tag: cancer survivor

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

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