Hiking, Cancer Advocacy and saying NO!

I started my hiking/backpacking adventures as well as my cancer advocacy right about the same time in 2014. When I first started hiking  .....I did it because I wanted to.  I saw a mountain....I wanted to climb it and I knew that getting outdoors in nature would help, as I healed and learned to live … Continue reading Hiking, Cancer Advocacy and saying NO!

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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}

#nowhiteflags

"I believe my future is bigger than my past."  ~Steve Gleason I watched "Gleason" this past weekend on Amazon prime.   In a nutshell, it's about ex NFL player Steve Gleason and his fight with ALS.   It is a must watch in my opinion....lending perspective on life, challenges, courage, faith, and intention.    There … Continue reading #nowhiteflags

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 

Five Ways to Find Peace While Living with Cancer (or just living in general)

Reposting this one as a reminder that there is a way to cultivate peace in ones life….whether you are dealing with cancer or a rebellious teenager – (been there too)
Read to the end, where I have also included a little tutorial on how to make your own journal. Recorded a year ago….

I wrote this article as one of my demo pieces for a new freelance writing gig.  While the strategies were written with a chronic illness in mind, the truth is, these practices can be applied to living a happier life in general.
Five Ways to Find Joy While Living with Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer, alters your life in ways that unless others have experienced it, they will not understand. Facing ones mortality, going through treatment, and finding peace in just everyday life can be a challenge, but there are ways to find happiness while living with cancer.  If you can, “find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”   Here are five easy ways to do just that.

Joseph Cambell

Be Still

1. Spend 10-20 minutes a day in meditation, stillness or  quiet time. Finding time to still your mind, and to let go of…

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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.

Meditating in the Paint

I haven't been sleeping well lately. The hormone therapy I am on for the cancer, has brought on menopause  "fast and furious."  The hot flashes are intense, and I find myself in the a tug of war with my bedding every night as the fan sits inches away from my body in oscillation mode, desperately … Continue reading Meditating in the Paint

On With Life: A Cancer Update

On Tuesday of this week, I had my regular 6 month PET CT scan, to evaluate the status of the cancer that has taken it's residence in my shoulder. This morning I received my results. Back in April, I attended a conference for women living with advanced stage breast cancer in Philadelphia.   I fell … Continue reading On With Life: A Cancer Update