Tag: cancer survivor

Ringing the bell after chemo ends

It’s DONE! I finished chemotherapy! This isn’t a long, deep post. It’s simply a post to say THANK YOU for the kind messages, comments, thoughts, prayers and more though my chemo treatment. I’m thrilled it’s done and praying the side effects are minimal next week and my body slowly feels stronger. I still have a

I saved my hair during chemo

As I wind down the countdown to my last chemo treatment (hallelujah!), I thought I would share some insight on the cold cap therapy that I’ve been doing to save my hair during the toxic chemotherapy infusions. Thank you to those who have asked, encouraged and supported me through this. I love that you’re also

Why I’m biking across Iowa (again)

As I count down the days to chemo ending, then radiation ending, I am long looking into my bright future filled with fun adventures, love and laughs. Why not celebrate treatment’s end by biking across Iowa? It’s the first thing most people think to do, right? haha I decided to again join LIVESTRONG to bike

A Montana escape for cancer survivors

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since I first attended a conference for young adult cancer survivors that changed my life. Twenty years since I first saw and fell in love with the mountains of Montana. Twenty years since I passed under the sign that welcomed me to the magical place called

Biking, my happy activity

I went to coffee the other day with a nice guy. Conversation turned to biking as we shared our interests. I shared some of my biking adventures. We talked about my different bikes (he does not own a bike so wondered how I choose, and why I have three, lol). He asked if biking is

Embracing “you do you” care tips

You get a lot of advice when you’re diagnosed with cancer. From your medical team to well-meaning people to strangers who don’t have a darn clue about your situation but feel the need to comment anyway. For the most part, I appreciate the thoughtfulness but don’t get stuck in the advice. Not that I don’t

When cancer research gets personal

I’m honored and excited to share that I will be again joining LIVESTRONG at the annual One Voice Against Cancer lobby day in Washington, DC. I’ll be joining other cancer advocates to meet with our federal legislators to talk about cancer research, access to care and more. You all know I’m super passionate about cancer

Surround yourself with good people

Happy Monday! Are you ready for another week? I am. I admit that I’m trying hard not to rush the weeks so I can be done with chemo, but it’s a bit tough to not want this over. I am in awe of the ever-growing display of cards from friends and family that adorn my

Embracing this cancer journey

Life doesn’t always take us on the journey we expect, does it? I should know this very well by now. As a now 3-time cancer survivor, and every day adult who is thankful to be alive in her 40s, life certainly takes us on detours, some beautiful, some scary and sad. But as long as

5 tips to think positively

I promised from the start to be real on this blog and I try. My emotions have been everywhere lately, with highs and lows. I cry when people are being nice to me, and in the middle of the night when I feel alone, and when I received several gorgeous bouquets of flowers and presents