Category Archives: Emotional toll of cancer

My life with the BRCA 2 gene, and how I got there.

Angelina Jolie wrote an eloquent, well written op-ed piece in the NY Times today “My Medical Choice”, that really inspired me to share my story and tell you what it was like to be told you have the BRCA gene.  If you are familiar with my site you know that I will talk about anything- [...]

Bald is Beautiful, Henna tattoos on Cancer patients

When I was at a C4YW Conference in February, I met a woman named Stephanie who just finished Chemo and she has a henna tattoo on her scalp. It was awesome! Stephanie said it was her way of celebrating the end of Chemo. And you know I am all for throwing yourself an end of [...]

Creating “Art” with a tumor, one survivors way to visualize her cancer

On Studio 360 from NPR, they highlighted an artist, Leonor Caraballo, and her project “Object Breast Cancer” who took her actual MRI slides from her cancer diagnosis in 2008 and made a solid object from the tumor that was scanned there. I put the word “art” in quotes not because it is not an art [...]

Surfing with First Descents FD1

(First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors  a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.) I didn’t know what to expect or if I was going to get much out of [...]

I am going Surfing! Yikes!

So I am 5 days away from flying to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to go surfing. I am going with First Descents- they are an organization I found out about from another survivor who went kayaking last year. First Descents Mission Statement: First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure [...]

After Treatment, when the “Head” Game starts

The other survivors and my oncologist warned me about this. It happens when your adrenaline stops pumping, when you no longer live moment to moment but you start thinking as far in advance as the next day or the next week. The “head game” starts when you no longer see your oncologist every other week [...]