In Memory of {Deena Stayner}

Her smile and energy pulled me in from the moment I walked into the room. Deena was my roommate at the Healing Odyssey retreat I attended back in October.    There were (3) of us in that bunk room, sharing the same diagnosis....Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.   I was happy to be sharing quarters with my … Continue reading In Memory of {Deena Stayner}

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Climb for a Cure 2.0

The wonderful organization, Living Beyond Breast Cancer is running a campaign this week,  called #stage4lifer, and they asked me if I would contribute a blog post on my advocacy role in living with metastatic breast cancer. I am honored to have been a part of their 2015 Hear My Voice Outreach team, and I encourage … Continue reading Climb for a Cure 2.0

My Outessa- REI Summit Experience

I am a very firm believer that whatever you put out into the universe will come back to you. Call it positive thinking, karma, faith, optimism, whatever.....  BUT this was not always the case for me.   I was a girl that used to always see the glass half empty.  Now I always see it … Continue reading My Outessa- REI Summit Experience

#voicesofMBC – Colleen Hofmeister ~ {We are scared and lonely}

#voicesofMBC is my social media campaign to bring awareness to metastatic breast cancer and to lend a platform for those afflicted with this illness to be heard. Every Monday, until the end of the year, I will share a personal testimony or story of a woman (or man) living with stage IV breast cancer. Today, … Continue reading #voicesofMBC – Colleen Hofmeister ~ {We are scared and lonely}

Sometimes you have to brave the storm to see the sunshine. ~ A son’s POV

I often get asked how my kids have dealt with my cancer diagnosis.  When did we tell them?  How did we tell them?  Am I open with them in regards to my continuing treatment, challenges, questions, etc.   The way Mike and I have chosen to share  with our kids is based on our very open … Continue reading Sometimes you have to brave the storm to see the sunshine. ~ A son’s POV

#voicesofMBC – Tonie Jones

#voicesofMBC is my social media campaign to bring awareness to metastatic breast cancer and to lend a platform for those afflicted with this illness to be heard.   Every Monday, until the end of the year, I will share a personal testimony or story of a woman (or man) living with stage IV breast cancer. … Continue reading #voicesofMBC – Tonie Jones

Breathe “YES” to life

It used to be that I would stop to  pause in life to take deep breaths. In moments of:  stress, busyness, worry, tiredness, or on the heels of bad news, whether mine or someone else's. Then cancer came knocking on my body's door, and I found myself taking more deep breaths than I ever cared to … Continue reading Breathe “YES” to life

Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Everyone is AWARE of breast cancer. NOT everyone is aware of Metastatic Breast Cancer. The difference.  Women DO NOT die of breast cancer in the breast. They die when the breast cancer has spread (metastasized) like mine to other organs in the body. (the primary cancer is still the same - breast cancer) So the … Continue reading Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

think before you pink

Yep, it's that time of year again, where pink takes over the landscape of almost everywhere you go. Pinktober is like a luxury bus driving through cities, neighborhoods, and sporting events, offering free rides for 31 days to enable people to feel good about a cause. I know, I used to be one of the … Continue reading think before you pink

Why us “Oligo’s” often feel like we don’t belong.

It's probably a new word to many, as it was to me a year ago.  I am one of the unique cases, diagnosed with Oligometasatic disease. Definition of Oligometastatic Disease • Oligometastasis is an intermediate state of cancer spread between localized disease and widespread metastases. • The metastases are limited to a single or limited … Continue reading Why us “Oligo’s” often feel like we don’t belong.