The challenge of writing about the LIVESTRONG Challenge

I’m not sure how to write this blog. For one thing, I’m feeling a bit jet-lagged. The other is that my heart is so full and my mind keeps replaying so many memories from my recent trip to Austin that I don’t where to start. So if I babble through this, bear with me....more

My reminder to appreciate the little things

I tend to be a naturally optimistic person. I like to be happy and enjoy life (don’t you??). I’m going to be frank, though. Every so often I get in a funk and get frustrated with some of my physical limitations, thanks to cancer....more

41 reasons to love life

Why I'm a cancer advocate (and how you can be too)

Two weeks ago, I went to the doctor’s for my annual ‘girl check up.’ All was going well until my doctor started the breast exam. He paused, made an odd face, then felt the breast again. Then he commented that he didn’t remember that lump being in my right breast....more

A look back at life advice from Dad

In honor of Father’s Day tomorrow, I thought I would re-post a blog I wrote a few years ago about some life advice my dad shared before he died from multiple myeloma. I am blessed to have experienced his love and guidance for as many years as I did. I still miss him every minute of every day.Life Advice from Dad (originally posted June 26, 2014)...more

5 of my favorite resources for cancer survivors

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day and I’m thrilled to be part of this special celebration of life! There currently are more than 14.5 million survivors in the United States, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. A new report by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute estimates the number will grow to more than 20 million by 2026....more

10 tips to enjoy hiking on the trails

There are more than 200,000 miles of trails in the United States! Many park staff and thousands of volunteers work hard every year to ensure these trails stay maintained and available for use by millions of visitors....more

6 facts about skin cancer (Melanoma Awareness Month)

I have always loved my strawberry-blonde hair color, blue eyes and fair skin. Maybe that sounds vain, but I disliked enough about myself growing up so it’s been nice to like those things about me. However, I didn’t like the many freckles and moles that populated all parts of my body. While others, including my pretty sisters, had barely any moles, I have plenty. But, alas, it’s a part of me that I’ve learned to accept and it doesn’t phase me anymore. Except that my many moles, fair skin and reddish hair color put me at a high risk for skin cancer....more

DIY essential oil recipes for a healthy, relaxing home & life

For the past few years, I’ve been trying to transition into using more natural, safe products in my home and on my body. Using essential oils is one way to achieve this....more

7 tips for finding a great volunteer activity

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week so I want to thank all of you who volunteer in your community! Volunteering is an incredible way of helping others and supporting your community and neighbors....more