Sometimes, when that "other shoe" drops, it drops hard...

A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes, when you catch it, a look speaks volumes. Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is the book I never thought I'd write, but I'm glad I did....more

MS Awareness Month: It's About Perception

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is not contagious and the exact cause has yet to be identified, so MS Awareness Month is not about prevention. For many people with MS, MS Awareness Month is all about perception.The individual symptoms of MS are many, and most are invisible to the casual observer. That can complicate matters at home, at work, and in social situations. It's what makes some people with MS feel so isolated and misunderstood....more

2 Birthdays, 2 Years, To Life!

I am two years old today. Sort of. Two years ago today, I learned for certain that I had cancer. I remember that conversation as clearly as if it happened yesterday. "It's very serious," said my doctor. "Things are going to move very quickly now. You've got a tough fight ahead of you."...more

Can You Help Team 'No More Secs!' to Help Others?

The number of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) increases every hour of every day. We've formed Team "No More Secs!" to help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fund research to unlock the mysteries of MS and to improve the lives of those living with MS....more

How to Use Baby Shower Favors

Mom and baby are the center of attention at the baby shower, but it's the friends and family who make it all possible. Gracious hostesses show appreciation for their guests with a token of thanks -- the baby shower favor.Baby shower favors are that extra thoughtful element that can make your baby shower one for the memory books....more

"Baby Shower Favors and Gifts" Opens its Virtual Doors

Baby Shower Favors and Gifts is a labor of love for husband and wife shopkeepers, Jim and Ann Pietrangelo. We operate WebCamp One, a web design and development company that is actively engaged in helping small businesses take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet offers. Together, we created V Shoppes and, under that umbrella, are in the process of opening online stores, each one geared towards helping today's active and busy consumers find just the products they need without having to sort through the clutter so often found in online shops....more

"For the Rest of Your Life, Babe"

I sing and dance when I feel good. Not well, mind you. My younger son was but a toddler, trapped in a moving vehicle with his off-key mother, when he said, "Mom, can you please sing inside your head?" That about sums up my talent. My singing is important, though. It's a sign that I feel good. It's not just a good mood thing -- it means I feel healthy and have extra energy to burn -- and that's not always the case....more
It's the only way to prepare supper! Keep belting out those tunes! I'm sure you sound great ;)more

Beyond the Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness is in the Details

It's pink ribbon time again. That time of year when we're bombarded with all things pink to bring attention to breast cancer, it's causes, treatment, and funding for research.There's a lot of talk about "boobies" and "ta-tas," but there's a whole lot more to it than saving breasts -- it's about saving lives....more

A Breast Cancer Follow-up Book? I Think Not

"Are you going to write a follow-up book about your experiences with triple-negative breast cancer?" A freelance writer asked me that question during an interview about my book, No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis.She wasn't the first person to ask me that question and I wasn't aware that I had made up my mind until I heard my own voice answer without hesitation. "No. I don't think I want to do another personal, health-based book. I've got my sights set on fiction."...more