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A Monumental Week – Day 36

When I decided to blog throughout my sugar fast, I had two guesses about how this would go. One has come true, and the other has not.

I first guessed keeping up with daily blogs would be a challenge throughout March. Three different big events in three different cities (like the PGA tournament in Arizona, a major live stream in LA and then this week’s Call-on Congress in D.C.) is a lot! (Apologies for the lag in updates!)

I’m proud to share I’ve held strong – I’ve stuck to my sugar fast and did not cheat once!

But my second guess was that a lot of these blogs would be full of decadent descriptions of the warm chocolate chip cookies, the flourless dark chocolate cake, the tempting bowl full of miniature candies sitting on the conference room table calling my name.

I thought I’d focus a lot on what I’ve gone without, but as I sit down to write a long-overdue update, I just want to tell you what I’ve been blessed with.

A Week of Advocacy


I want to tell and show you the advocacy event that 12 staff pull off each March (in the midst of two other large-scale events!). I want to introduce you to fellow colorectal cancer advocates – friends I’ve made over the years whose connections have helped me heal.


I want to tell you my family came to D.C. with me this year.

I want to explain how much I loved standing under the tall marble columns together and looking up at the grandiose statues. There’s great wisdom and extreme importance in remembering the past – to experience it as a family has been incredible.

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I want to tell you I talked with a lot of people from around the world this week – the UK, Australia, Canada, Poland, Argentina – and it reminded me once more of our shared humanity. We must know no borders when it comes to helping our fellow man.

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I want to tell you that although my body is tired, my suitcase is a wreck, my flight is cancelled because of a snowstorm and my sugar cravings have not subsided (less than 10 days to go!)- my heart is full.


It doesn’t always come naturally to “look on the bright side.” But, I’m learning.

I can either choose to focus on what I’ve gone without – or I can choose to be grateful and share what I’ve been blessed with.

When I pick the latter, I am at peace. I can face changes with confidence. I can handle disappointments with grace. I can smile although it’s cold and rainy. I can say “no thanks” to the dessert table.

And in this place, I regain my perspective. I too can be monumental.

Crash – Day 16

Most parents are all too familiar with the phenomenon called the “sugar crash.” You give the kids a ton of sugar, they go crazy running circles around you, and then soon – they’re completely out. They go from high to low in a very short amount of time.

That’s probably a good way to describe the past 24 hours for me. Not that I’ve had a sugar rush or crash (or any sugar at all) – but I feel like I’m on a crazy rollercoaster.

After I declared I AM A CHAMPION! yesterday – that quickly got put to the test.

For one, I wrote yesterday’s post in the airport waiting to catch my flight home and sadly the flight got cancelled just minutes after posting it. (Fortunately I had a place to stay and made it home late this afternoon.)


And then, I learned that one of our pets, our roommate Nicole’s golden retriever, was acting odd yesterday. It turned out to be because he had cancerous tumors all throughout his body. She had to put him down last night.

Cooper was a dog that always greeted me with a wagging tail when I walked in the front door. He ate my apple cores and saved me a trip to the trash can. He loved anyone and everyone. He sat on more conference calls with me than anyone else, silently hanging near my feet just to keep me company. And he farted more than any animal or person I’ve ever met – including me – which made me feel better about myself on some days.

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5 Reasons I’m Kinda Sorta Beating Stress and Enjoying the Holidays 

I have a confession to make:

It’s the second week of December and the outside Christmas lights are not on our house yet…

… and I am OK with it.

Here’s why:

I’m generally feeling lower stress this holiday season.


A few ways actually.

I’m a list maker so I came up with 5 reasons I’m enjoying the holidays so far and not letting stress take over.

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Stopping to realize what I’m passing down

Thanksgiving is coming soon! Why am I excited for a holiday I traditionally spend in the bathroom?

Because I now hold the secret key to the holiday:  the recipe for my Aunt Denise’s rolls.


Now, these aren’t just any rolls. These breaded masterpieces are legendary. These rolls are often used as a selling point on why to attend a family gathering.

Denise is making her rolls!” my dad will say as a way to get a “yes” from me about attending the family get together. These rolls do have a warm place in my childhood memories.

With my love for baking continuing to grow, I thought they’d be the perfect next challenge.

I texted my aunt and asked if she’d share the recipe with me. In her graciousness, she quickly texted me a page out of her grandma’s cookbook with a handwritten “good” next to it.


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