Tag: life lessons

Tips for spreading kindness

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” It’s one of my favorite quotes. I even bought a shirt with the quote. I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot the past few months. I was the recipient of a lot of kindness during my recent breast cancer journey. From receiving funny cards to

Dating as a cancer survivor

I’ve been mentoring some young adult cancer survivors in their 20s. Among their questions is how to navigate the dating world as a cancer survivor. My answer: It’s not any different than dating as a non-cancer survivor. Yes we had a health issue and some side effects may remain. But I compare it to dating

A thank you note to cancer

Today I celebrate 21 years since finishing treatment for my first cancer. Two weeks ago, I celebrated the end of treatment for my third cancer. I guess June will be a month of celebrations and recognition going forward. When I walked out of the hospital, done with a grueling 13-month treatment that included inpatient chemo

5 ways to live strong

Today is a special day. Today we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day and the more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, more than 32 million worldwide. Today is also celebrated as LIVESTRONG Day, a day to honor and celebrate cancer survivors, caregivers, families, friends and those who are no longer with us

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

Being lost on life’s road

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your week is starting out on a great note! Do you ever feel like you’re lost, not sure where life is heading, or what your next plan is? Maybe life has taken an unexpected turn, bringing challenges or even opportunities that you weren’t expecting? How are you reacting? I’ve certainly

Be adaptable to change

Happy Monday, friends! This quote by Charles Darwin speaks to me on a lot of levels, but lately it reminds me to be flexible, patient and open as I go through breast cancer treatment. Life, and especially cancer, teaches us that we rarely can control what is tossed in our paths, but we can control

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