Goodbye Hair! See you Next Year!

Goodbye Hair! See you Next Year!

Anytime I read or watched anything about women and chemotherapy I always had one lasting thing on my mind, how traumatic it was for them to lose their hair. When I started chemotherapy I knew I would lose my hair but didn’t think much of it. I remember 10 years ago when my sister had cancer how … Continue reading

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Cancer is not a Roadblock to your Dreams

Questions. Questions. Questions. Questions circling through my mind like a horse on a racetrack. How will I get back in shape after cancer? How will I be strong after cancer? How will I turn this experience into something good? How will I inspire others to go through cancer with strength and grace and come out … Continue reading

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Fill a Boat Fundraising Event

Fill a Boat Fundraising Event

Hi all- On 9/8/13 Nancy Corliss (my mother-in-law), will be teaming up with Acadian Nature Cruises in Bar Harbor, Maine for a Team Joyful Hope fundraising event. I am very excited to announce she has worked like crazy and has a lot of reservations. A special thank you to Acadian Nature Cruises for donating their … Continue reading

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Best Chemo Buddy EVER!

It is so important to have a chemo buddy. Especially when chemo is 8-5  Monday-Friday! Here is a video of my little chemo buddy. Find your buddy even if it’s a book. Your day will go by much faster and help take the focus off of what you have running through your veins.

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After Cancer Workouts

After Cancer Workouts

How I Ran a Marathon One Year After Cancer and a Baby Hi all! I get quite a few questions about how you can possibly run a marathon 1 year post cancer. The truth is, there are no shortage of survivors adding a marathon to their journey. The thought of a marathon may seem daunting … Continue reading

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Challenging my Body Post Chemo

Challenging my Body Post Chemo

This past weekend I pushed my body YET again and double-dog-dared it to risk everything! Fear not readers! This blog will not be turning into a blog of “Look what race I did now!”. I will however, occasionally write about progress in becoming the challenger of my body rather than being the challenged. I do … Continue reading

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Welcome to Holland- Emily Perl Kinsley

Welcome to Holland- Emily Perl Kinsley

A very dear friend of mine circulated this essay while I was sick and she was facing the reality of a second child diagnosed with CF. It was SO impactful and something I think everyone should read. It doesn’t just have to pertain to having a kid with disabilities. Life isn’t always as planned but … Continue reading

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Neuropathy Post BEP Chemotherapy

Hi all! Today I will be doing a commercial at the request of my neurologist. I am very excited to release an upcoming post on neuropathy because I know there are a lot of fellow neuropathy sufferers out there that can benefit from the therapy I had. It is taking me a while to get … Continue reading

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National Cancer Survivors Day 2013

National Cancer Survivors Day 2013

Happy National Cancer Survivors Day fellow and future survivors! Always remember cancer is not a road block to life. You can achieve your dreams and it’s never too early to start! The real glory is being knocked to your knees & then coming back. That’s real glory.” -Vince Lombardi @survivorsday Celebrating #NCSD2013 & my 1yr … Continue reading

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First Ever Marathon Post Chemo

First Ever Marathon Post Chemo

It’s the night before the Sunburst marathon and I just picked up my packet! This is going to be AWESOME!! All of my tooth and nail fighting to return to the healthy person I used to be will be tested tomorrow. It is unbelievable I finished chemotherapy one year ago today. I run to regain … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Mommy – Mother’s Day

A Different Kind of Mommy – Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day. As I reflect on this past year of being a mom, I realize being diagnosed with cancer makes you a different kind of mom. My prognosis was and still is great but hearing you have cancer three weeks post-delivery of your first baby does something to you. It is like a switch … Continue reading

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My First Race Post Baby and Cancer 10k!!

My First Race Post Baby and Cancer 10k!!

Pre-race: What a day!! Perfect running weather! As many of you know I have been training for the Sunburst Marathon on June 1st, 2013, to mark exactly 1 year post the completion of chemotherapy and I am SO EXCITED! I promised Ryan I would attempt one shorter race before attempting a marathon. He worries about … Continue reading

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As I Return to Blogging Regularly

As I Return to Blogging Regularly

Hi all. Back to my weekly Starbucks routine of writing after a long hiatus while traveling. I suppose my travels are a way of still trying to make up for lost one-on-one mommy-time with my dear Gracie at the beginning of her life. As I start to write I find myself once again with coffee … Continue reading

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World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day

This year marks the first ever World Ovarian Cancer Day. I am so happy to have a step in the right direction for raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer. My dream is to have just as much awareness as breast cancer does. This will be a big feat but I do believe it will happen someday. … Continue reading

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Itching Post Chemotherapy Another Follow Up

Itching Post Chemotherapy Another Follow Up

As you may have read previously, I have been suffering from chronic itching and hives post chemotherapy. My previous posts, Itching Post Chemotherapy and Itching Post Chemotherapy Follow Up have been very popular in Google search so I know there are other people out there looking for answers. I am happy to report I found … Continue reading

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Tell a GOOD Story

Tell a GOOD Story

Writing from Bar Harbor, ME today friends. Gracie and I are on a little trip visiting Ryan’s family and our friends. It is so nice to be healthy enough to take a trip! We are having a wonderful time and counting our blessings as always but I am definitely missing my hubby. :) ON TO … Continue reading

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Pain with Neulasta Shots

Good morning all! I wanted to write a quick post about my experience with Neulasta. I started Neulasta in an effort to keep my white blood cell count from dropping during BEP chemotherapy. I had quite a bit of unexpected pain with these shots that worried me at first. Hopefully this  post will put your … Continue reading

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Carrot, Egg, and Coffee

Carrot, Egg, and Coffee

My mom sent me this story today and I thought it was very fitting to share here. Coffee has always been a passion of mine. It’s given me my most favorite job of all time, my husband, and my best girlfriend. Coffee has been good to me. It’s only fitting that I would consider myself … Continue reading

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Aflac Cancer Policy

Aflac Cancer Policy

A couple of years ago my husband and I went back and forth on whether or not to get an Aflac cancer policy. I kept saying I didn’t think it was worth the money and he kept pushing back. By the end of the evening I thought we left off deciding not to get it. … Continue reading

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