Tag: cancer

Lessons to help survive life

The road of life has taken me through many ups and downs, and even some potholes, in the past 20 years. From a cancer diagnosis and treatment to my dad’s treatment and death to my own side effects from cancer to losses of family members and friends to the end of my marriage, life has

A few of my favorite charities (#GivingTuesday)

We’re familiar with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, days that promote retailers and shopping. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a day to promote and support nonprofits that make a difference in your local communities and the world around us. 2 Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Giving Tuesday kicks off the

The freedom of my new bike

2 I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to ride a bike. My sisters, friends and I rode bikes all the time during childhood. It was a wonderful way to have fun, get exercise, go somewhere without relying on our parents to drive us, and simply enjoy freedom around our town. 2

Smiles for my dad

I’m so blessed to have amazing people surrounding me in love, especially my mom who has been my biggest protector and supporter since I was born. Yet, there is always a glaring hole in my support system that I can’t help but think of and miss daily. This is a tricky time of year for

The challenge of writing about the LIVESTRONG Challenge

I’m not sure how to write this blog. For one thing, I’m feeling a bit jet-lagged. The other is that my heart is so full and my mind keeps replaying so many memories from my recent trip to Austin that I don’t where to start. So if I babble through this, bear with me. 2

My reminder to appreciate the little things

I tend to be a naturally optimistic person. I like to be happy and enjoy life (don’t you??). I’m going to be frank, though. Every so often I get in a funk and get frustrated with some of my physical limitations, thanks to cancer. 2 When I was diagnosed 21 years old with bone cancer

Why I’m a cancer advocate (and how you can be too)

Two weeks ago, I went to the doctor’s for my annual ‘girl check up.’ All was going well until my doctor started the breast exam. He paused, made an odd face, then felt the breast again. Then he commented that he didn’t remember that lump being in my right breast. 2 This is when the

18 lessons cancer taught me

Today is a special day for me. Actually, every day is a special for me. Every day that I wake up, can breathe deeply, get out of bed on my own two legs. And every night when I get into bed, say prayers of gratitude, close my eyes and fall asleep, breathing on my own.

5 of my favorite resources for cancer survivors

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day and I’m thrilled to be part of this special celebration of life! There currently are more than 14.5 million survivors in the United States, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. A new report by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute estimates the number will grow

One Voice Against Cancer lobby day in DC

I am on a high. No, I haven’t started taking drugs. I feel high on life, motivation, passion, community. I had an amazing experience earlier this week. Maybe life-changing. Certainly empowering and inspiring. 2 I was so very honored to be chosen by the LIVESTRONG Foundation to be one of 34 volunteers representing the organization