Outside looking in: a flash-forward peek at my future in parenting

My daughter recently competed in her first chess tournament. I was more nervous than she was. She’s only 5, and I worried about sportsmanship, I worried about whether she would have fun ....more

YSC, the Tour de Pink, and #GivingTuesday

A couple months ago, after a Tour de Pink training ride, my friend and fellow cancer survivor, Karen Lawson, posted a selfie on Facebook, and wrote, “Love these legs and the 57 HILLY miles they just carried me up.” I was surprised when my eyes welled up at reading her post. In the nearly 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis, one of the things I’m still working on is forgiving my body, and learning to develop compassion and even appreciation for my body – mutant genes and all. Cancer felt like a betrayal; my own body turned against me ....more

The White House at Night

I just returned from a quick, four-day trip to Washington D.C. for ProjectLEAD with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Coincidentally, my daughter’s kindergarten class has been learning about Washington D.C. in their social studies segments. She wanted me to be sure I got my picture taken with the President ....more

Recipe: Koobideh – Persian Ground Lamb Kebabs

While my husband was in grad school studying Persian literature, I started exploring Persian culinary traditions as a fun way to embrace and support his studies. One of our favorite meals is the very simple dish of koobideh, ground lamb kebabs, served with roasted tomatoes and basmati rice. The trick to a successful koobideh is to drain out the onion juice ....more

Get Hitched Give Hope 2014 #ww

I love this annual wedding planning gala. Get Hitched Give Hope helps to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition which helps young women living with breast cancer, and the Dream Foundation which helps to grant dreams to people who are at the end of their life journey because of cancer. ...more

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Janna Thompson’s Story

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One of these things is a bad sign #WW

Well, that’s a bad sign. And, no, this is not an old abandoned playground. This playground is used by children every day ....more

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Angela Bass’ Story

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