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 helpless I felt when she lost her hair. She was 19 and at an age where it must have been so hard to deal with it. Nineteen is dating time, worry-about-what-you-look-like time. No matter who you are, that age is really hard in normal circumstances. Read more
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 a powerhouse?
- What have I always wanted to do but haven’t? (Many, many things! Haha! I’m a typical Pisces dreamer. Stay on track- focus on physical feats!)
- What will make me feel like I am okay again?
- Most importantly, how can I teach others cancer isn’t a roadblock to your life or dreams? Read more
A big thank you to all who participated in our first fundraising event for Stand Up to Cancer, Team Joyful Hope. All of the donations, hard work, and friendships formed through this process are so meaningful and endlessly appreciated. It is so rewarding to know we are making progress toward funding dream teams of scientists and maybe someday our little ones will not have to battle cancer. Read more
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 boat for the evening! What a wonderful gesture. 100% of the proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer- Team Joyful Hope. Thank you to everyone for your donations toward my charity of choice and a wonderful evening on Frenchman Bay. If you live afar and cannot attend you can still donate by going to: http://www.standup2cancer.org/custom/?c=team&a=index&id=8047 Read more
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. Read more
I was looking through videos of Gracie and I while I was sick and I love this one. I did this with her a lot! It was fun and gave me a killer workout. Don’t let cancer keep you down. Have fun every moment you possibly can. Read more
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 coming out of chemo. Especially when it seems like a struggle to walk to the end of the street. I’ve designed a program that starts you off slowly, combining running and walking intervals until you eventually start solid blocks of running time. This is a 28 week journey which is longer than a typical marathon training program but it is designed for people recovering from cancer. In the coming weeks I will be posting a user-friendly, printable calendar so the workout schedule is a little easier to navigate. I put this up for now because I have had a lot of demand for my approach and don’t want to keep anyone waiting.
- Be sure to talk to your doctor before attempting to train for a marathon. Let them know your approach. Everyone is different and your doctor may recommend taking it easy for a certain window of time. For example, I did not start running until I was off of blood thinners. Read more
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 find it important to write about this particular race because it was a very different kind of race, pushing the limits of my most limiting side-effects. Read more
Around the time of Gracie’s first birthday Ryan started making a film for the party including interviews of all her close family members. I have to say, thinking about my pending interview was very traumatic. I was the last person to do my interview because I kept putting it off. I knew my husband and I knew he was going to ask me what it was like being told I had cancer just after having Grace. I don’t think you can ever truly speak about what it is like being told you have cancer as a brand new mom. Mainly because it is an emotion that can’t be conveyed in words due to it being so powerful. Also it is SO hard to focus after the fact on that particular moment when you were told. All other things occurring after that news begin to cloud your judgment on what your thoughts were. Read more
The last week of chemotherapy I didn’t feel much peripheral neuropathy pain. My fingers were slightly painful and hard to use but after taking some B6 recommended by my oncologist the pain quickly went away. A couple weeks after that, and the completion of my BEP chemotherapy, my feet and hands started to tingle and go numb. This slowly progressed to awful, sharp pain like glass shards with every step. One of the things I will be forever grateful for is the ability of my oncologist to not only help me with his specialty but also find me excellent resources to recover from treatment side effects. I suppose when you are as good as he is you know all the right people. More on him in a future post :). Read more
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 takes you in amazingly wonderful directions if you are open to looking for the good. I truly believe the way to face tough challenges is head on with an open heart and open mind. I will talk about my “Italy” after the essay. Read more