Test Anxiety & Why I Love the Sisterhood

Test Anxiety & Why I Love the Sisterhood

Today I drove myself to the breast center for a mammogram and ultrasound of my left breast. There was no drama caused by a horrible technician, like the first time I went for a mammogram after my mastectomy. Everyone was professional, pleasant and sensitive. No, this time the drama was raging inside my head. I [...]

Let’s Talk About Living Well After Cancer

Let’s Talk About Living Well After Cancer

I recently appeared as a guest on the Survive and Live Well Radio Show to talk about how "Empowerment is the Best Path to Survival." Angela Long of Breast Investigators also appeared on the show, which is hosted by Elyn Jacobs. We talked about many issues, including how gratitude affected my healing after cancer, the importance [...]

Express Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving!

Express Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving!

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward Do you remember learning the Thanksgiving story in grammar school? Did you make one of those construction paper turkeys from an outline of your hand? We all know that the original Thanksgiving feast was a celebration of [...]

The Survivor’s Nest: 5 Tips to Create the Comfort of Home Wherever You Go

The Survivor’s Nest: 5 Tips to Create the Comfort of Home Wherever You Go

"Home is where one starts from." T. S. Eliot "There's a big world outside those hedges," she said with some unkindness. We were young college commuters and her words stung. Sure, I was naive and sheltered, but life beyond the landscaping was only a matter of time. It's many years later and now I'm the one [...]

Six Truths I’ve Learned About Resilience

Six Truths I’ve Learned About Resilience

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. John Updike What does surviving every moment teach us? Quite simply, that we are resilient. If you're like me, you've had your share of challenges. Cancer is certainly up there on the list, but it's not the only entry. You've been around the block [...]

Unlock the Fullness of Life with Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie I've had gratitude on my mind lately, especially because [...]

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

DO NOT miss watching this Ted Talk video. Louie Schwartzberg is an award winning cinematographer, director and producer who has literally been filming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the past 30 years. This talk includes his short video on Gratitude and Happiness, narrated by Brother David Steindl-Rast. I hope today is [...]

Cancer Warriors Wednesday – The Ripple of Gratitude Continues

This has been an emotional week! I should have known on Sunday, the three year anniversary of my mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstructive surgery, that it would be. I tend to get into "moods," as my emotional memory (my elephant) rears up and leads me wherever she wants me to go. On Monday, I shared my reflections [...]