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By Survivors for Thrivers

  Three years ago, I joined the club that no one really wants to be in. However, what I have come to realize is that this “club” is full of the most amazing women who have inspired, offered support, raised awareness and are of the kindest, funniest humans you will meet. I consider them to be among the greatest gifts that I have received while on this continuing journey. It is my absolute delight that you will get to “meet” four of these remarkable women throughout the month of October. They have given their time and assistance to help create a truly impactful campaign for this month of Breast Cancer Awareness. A campaign we are calling “By Survivors for Thrivers”. I got the very difficult job [ 😉 ] of connecting 1-1 with Tina, Emily, Jacque and Nancy as they shared their breast cancer journey. We quickly realized that though there are certain similarities, each experience is unique from the time leading up to a breast cancer diagnosis, during treatment and beyond. The constant was
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Not as Planned: Adventures at Mayo

To preface: I was never a big social media poster before, during or even after cancer treatment. AND I am in no way announcing a recurrence so let’s take a collective breath and read on… What I am sharing is that breast cancer doesn’t end when you’ve completed treatment. You don’t “move on” from that experience. You try not to worry about every pain and symptom. And you might even do a pretty good job of this. But then something happens, that gut instinct kicks in and you know it’s not just nothing. With it being the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month today I felt it was appropriate to share how important it is to pay attention to your body. I paid attention to my body. I continue to pay attention to my body. I saw visual changes in my chest this past month and a new pain that had me laid up in bed. After visiting with my brilliant oncology team at Mayo they ordered a cocktail of tests and scans to check it out. (Sidebar- it never settles well when you’re oncologist uses the word “

The Celebration Expectation

As I caught a glimpse of my very short chestnut hair with (what I’m calling) blonde highlights ;) I was reminded how different [and similar] things were in our household one year ago. I certainly didn’t think I would be sitting here during what feels like an apocalypse on THIS date. I was, after all, quarantined for a much different purpose one year ago... I had walked in and out of that clinic at least 47 times [I have the parking ticket to prove it], half of which were for Chemo infusions, another handful for scans, several more for check ups, four more for surgeries, and few more beyond that for diagnostics, nurse education and post op visits. In total I’d gone to over 100 appointments. I just stopped counting my records after that. I had a mile high of paperwork, each one representing another appointment and I'm quite certain that if I laid each piece of paper out in a line it would literally be the outline for a 5K fun run- minus the fun. Just a few from "the s
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Think you need the perfect thing to say or do when tragedy strikes? Think again.   In this blog we will talk about how Pink Package came to life and how you can be involved in your [mom, sister, colleague, friend, boss, neighbor]'s cancer journey. Sitting in the Emergency Room... It's 11pm a week before Christmas. I'm sitting. Alone. In a dark hospital. My husband had finally gone into surgery for an emergency appendectomy after 11 agonizing hours of waiting. But what am I thinking of... how freaking starving I am. Selfish, I know.  Phone a Friend... I'd just had my fourth chemo treatment the day before and I hadn't eaten anything all day. I was exhausted and so hungry that I was contemplating eating the sugar packets by the very dirty coffee machine. I picked up my iPhone to call my friend and colleague Susan; someone who can effortlessly make me laugh. (Susan if you're reading this... I feel violated. I'm not sure how, I just do. Little inside joke