Hip pain, a ladybug and a Climb for Heroes.

The past three months have been a whirlwind of travel for Mike and I.... from Oregon to Italy and then Hawaii, it is good to have my feet back on the ground..... Hiking. I started having pain in my hip right before we left for Europe in April.  I didn't really think about it too … Continue reading Hip pain, a ladybug and a Climb for Heroes.

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}

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

Countdown to Havasupai – {10 days}

I am sitting here, literally "dripping" in sweat. In 10 days, myself and four friends will be driving down to Arizona, to backpack  to one of the most beautiful places here in the United States. Havasupai.  And if you know anything about getting reservations to get down there, is nothing short of a little miracle.   … Continue reading Countdown to Havasupai – {10 days}

I love my life….. Even with cancer.

Last Saturday, June 4th, I participated in my first trail run with my husband Mike and our dear friends, Stephanie and Daniel. I have been hiking for over a year....climbing mountains with steep elevation gains, so I thought this would not be a huge challenge.  I only ran the 5K (3.3 mi) and  my husband took … Continue reading I love my life….. Even with cancer.

I Don’t Want to Catch Up with You. 

Disclaimer: Before I go into today's blog post, I want to lay the foundation that these are "my opinions, my thoughts, and my own personal truth". They might not align with yours and that's okay. There is no right or wrong way to live this life, especially with an incurable cancer diagnosis. You  live your … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Catch Up with You. 

Cancer Overload 

I'm really not a cry baby pity party attention seeking whiner. I try to remain in a fluid place where there is space to move amidst the reality of what IS. I know that I am not my diagnosis. I really do KNOW that. But ........ (and you knew that was coming) There are times … Continue reading Cancer Overload 

My life is a crap shoot.

This blog was originally posted on the Living Beyond Breast Cancer website on September 21, 2015 for their #beyondthebreast campaign. While you are reading this, I am attempting my first climb up Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 at 14,505 feet. The stats say that 2 out of 3 people who attempt … Continue reading My life is a crap shoot.

I said I “must”….So I am.

This post is one in a series of three that I am doing for various Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns going live this next week, starting on September 21, 2015.  All of my blogs will be reposted here, after they have been published on the organizations websites that I have been asked to write for. … Continue reading I said I “must”….So I am.

#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}