You’ve been here long enough. Living inside of my body. You were never welcome to begin with. But one day, somehow, you snuck in. You set up shop where I least expected it. Who knows how long you were there, growing and getting stronger, until one day you started to cause me pain. And that’s… Read More Dear cancer, it’s time for you to go.
The other day we found ourselves without any kids in the house for a while. That NEVER happens! So we decided to have a little impromptu lunch date at one of our favorite spots. It was wonderful! Having cancer or a chronic illness can really put a strain on your relationships. Your partner and… Read More Keeping your relationships strong in the hard times.
Life one year after finishing chemo. I just hit one year since finishing chemo back on November 21st. Woohoo! It’s made me reflect a little bit on this past year. A lot can happen in one year. In some ways chemo feels like it was such a long time ago, but yet in other ways… Read More Treatment is over! Or is it?
It’s so hard when someone is diagnosed with cancer. You don’t know what to say and you want to do something to help, but you’re not sure what to do. Since finishing treatment I’ve had many people ask me what my top gift ideas for someone starting chemo are. This is a bit of a… Read More Gift Ideas for Someone Starting Chemo
Today marks the one year anniversary of my last chemo treatment! In some ways I can’t believe it’s been a year already. In other ways it feels like it was just yesterday I was sitting in the infusion center. What I can definitely say, though, is that it is so wonderful to be off of… Read More Treatment Round 2-Chemo
May 31, 2016 It’s GO time! Radiation starts NOW! That t-shirt has become my new mantra “Be Brave.” Really, there’s no other option other than to rally up and kill this cancer! Chemo/radiation- Week 1: So this bag of toxic pills showed up at the door one day. My chemo pills came in the mail!… Read More Feel the Burn-Radiation Begins
Do you have a tribe? You’re gonna need a tribe to get through this thing called life. Life can be so good! But it can also be crazy and chaotic and sometimes just plain hard. We need to surround ourselves with good people. With people who make us happy, who give us support, who “get”… Read More Gather Your Tribe
“True love blooms when we care more about another person than we care about ourselves.” -Jeffrey R. Holland That crazy guy right there, I love him SO much! He sure didn’t expect to suddenly be thrown into the role of caregiver at the age of 36 when I got cancer. Talk about putting… Read More Gratitude for My Hubby, My Sexy Male Nurse
These three girls right here are our whole world, our everything: How do you tell them that one of their parents has cancer? Really, how do you tell them such devastating news? What do you say? How do you shatter their world? It’s something you hope you never have to do. I am, by no… Read More Telling Your Kids That You Have Cancer
I wrote this after getting my diagnosis of rectal cancer, right before starting treatment. Our whole world had been turned upside down. It’s still so fresh even a year and a half later that when I read this again, it makes me want to cry. Or puke. Or both if I’m honest. See below for… Read More Accepting that Life will Never be the Same Again