Writing My First Memoir – Part 4

November 4, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 6

This is a fitting title for this blog because since I last updated you, my memoir has gained a “Part 4.” Yep, that’s right. I thought I was done. Remember how in Part 3 I told you I finished writing, cried and then sent a book proposal out into the world? Well, I sent the…

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5 lessons from my garden this year

October 27, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

Gardening is one of those things I really want to be good at, but I struggle. I feel like I should be good at it, gardening is in my genes after all. Most stories I’ve heard about my paternal great grandmother involve how hard she worked to grow food, bake pies and raise chickens on…

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Hollywood surprise: Mae’s 9th birthday (pictures!)

October 13, 2019 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

We had a wild idea when we sat down to write our goals for the year in January, which in and of itself felt like a victory. Me, I love goals. Mike, not so much, although he’s begun to embrace them. But, we recognized that over the years, they’ve helped guide our finances and calendar.…

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Why I chose Plenvu prep again

October 11, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own. Certain product information has been included to meet regulations. If you’ve been following my story as a colon cancer survivor with Lynch Syndrome, you know that last October, my doctor found several polyps during my colonoscopy and that…

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Finding community changed sickness for me

September 23, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 1

My friends’ fingers gently wrapped around my arm as they led me out my front door. Faint rays of light broke through my blindfold as I slowly stepped down from the porch. I soon felt gravel under my feet. They were taking me somewhere, and I trusted them, but I had no idea what the…

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What to say to someone with cancer

September 7, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

Although I consider myself an optimist, I can quickly recall two comments that negatively impacted me as a cancer survivor. The first came from a medical professional who implied that the threat of losing my hair from chemo was “cool.” The other came from my peers – teenagers at the time – who told me…

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August 2019 Health Update

August 31, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

Hello friends! A few years ago, I started writing August updates to check in with you about my health. Two years ago, it was long overdue and last year, I shared my yearly schedule of follow-up appointments. Many of you know I’ve had a roller coaster year. My colonoscopy last fall found three polyps and…

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A Place to Be Me (FCA Camp in Pella)

August 26, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 0

As the editor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes magazine, I had the opportunity to visit Pella, Iowa and watch a multi-sport FCA Camp in action this past summer. Here’s a personal story from a fun experience! Background on FCA Camp There are 6 different types of FCA Camps: sports, leadership, coaches, power, team and…

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