thoughts & notes

February 6, 2018

*This might not be your journey, but I bet you know someone who needs this right now. Please share.

After treatment ends, and the “Survivor Confetti” is swept away, there are unique challenges for the younger cancer survivor. While much of the focus is on the newly diag...

December 29, 2017

I have kept this blog going, almost 3 years after chemo treatments ended, for a reason. Processing and healing takes time. There is also the sad realization that many more people after me would face their own cancer diagnosis. Perhaps reading my story will help people...

December 15, 2017

There is a funny dichotomy at play this time of year. It’s the pull between More and Less. How can I share more and have less stuff? What do I really need More of? In what ways will having Less serve me?

November 23, 2017

Thankfulness revealed itself to me in a whole new way. Faced with the uncertainty of my future, and having to work so hard just to slog through another treatment, I found immense gratitude just to be present for another holiday.

November 9, 2017

What is that ingredient that is missing in your life, that would make you feel excited and engaged? If you're drawing a blank, what sparks your curiosity?

October 29, 2017

Where is your inner dreamer, the artist, the playful one? What would it take to engage with this part of you? Did she get packed away in some dark closet...

October 5, 2017

I used to believe that my value as a human being hinged upon how hard I work. How good I was, how lovable and worthy, all of it was defined by external validation.

It was exhausting chasing that! Nothing I did was ever enough to fill that bottomless cup of approval. 

Hav...

September 12, 2017

You have the ability to budget your time, but it starts with an honest assessment of how you are spending it. Who would you be if goals were to come to fruition? To achieve your future, you must attend to your present. It all starts now.

August 6, 2017

You feel a nudge in your gut, or a twang in your heart, some wordless voice whispers to you and you are guided if you listen.

This is the eternal, inextinguishable part of yourself that is endlessly loving you, leading you towards the fullest expression of your unique p...

August 1, 2017


There were 7 of us gathered around the table, silently letting our bodies and minds arrive into the quiet anticipation of our time together. Our small monthly gathering of the Younger Women’s Support Group for cancer survivors under the age of 55 was about to begin. O...

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