Long Overdue Health Update

July 11, 2017 | Danielle | Survivorship | 0

Sometimes I sit so comfortably in cancer survivorship that I forget to write health updates. I think that’s normal. Oftentimes when we’re sick, we’re diligent to update friends and family when we’re in the thick of treatment and surgery. People are praying. Cooks are cooking. Friends are offering to do everything from errands to laundry…

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Fourth of July 2017

July 10, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

Fourth of July was my favorite holiday as a kid, yet this year it showed me I have a lot to learn as a parent. Why I loved the 4th of July as a kid Thanks to a couple of Sunday school teachers who upset a lot of parents one morning, I found out that…

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I Survived Colon Cancer… And Camping

June 25, 2017 | Danielle | Survivorship | 0

Know what might be more polarizing than politics? Camping. You all are funny – I posted on my Facebook page and asked for tips as I headed toward the wild wild woods this weekend and got a variety of responses. All made me laugh out loud. They also showed me the mixed feelings people have…

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My Arrow Tattoo

June 20, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 1

Eight years ago, I swore I would never get another tattoo but recently, I got an arrow tattoo. The arrow tattoo has a variety of meanings, but here’s my story and what it means to me. The arrow tattoo points to identity Many of you know I’m a cancer survivor. Over the years as I’ve…

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Getting Angry at God

June 9, 2017 | Danielle | Faith, Survivorship | 6

Today I’ve been “cancer free” for 8 years… again. On June 9, 2009 my second occurrence was found, breaking my 8-year “no evidence of disease” streak. Part of me wanted to sit in a puddle of worry today – what if the streak breaks again? Another part of me, a much smaller part, wanted to…

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Health care reform (a cancer survivor’s perspective)

May 5, 2017 | Danielle | Survivorship | 1

There is justifiably two sides to every story, but here are my thoughts on health care reform as a cancer survivor. I try to maintain a balanced opinion when it comes to political issues and see all perspectives and sides. But I find myself struggling deeply when Congress doesn’t vote in a way to support…

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Austin Getaway

April 30, 2017 | Danielle | A Post About Mike | 0

Yee Haw! We’re back from Austin, Texas ya’ll! Here’s the scoop on our Austin Getaway.   I initially planned to visit Austin because of work. The hubs and I celebrate wedding anniversary #12 in a few weeks so he came with me for an early anniversary getaway. Last year we put most of our vacation…

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The Winding Vines of Self Doubt

April 25, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 0

It’s hard to write. That’s one explanation for why I seem to only crank out blog posts when people die lately. Writing’s how I process grief. Life logistics are a big excuse too. And there’s some truth to that. My rear sits in a cushy roller chair across a glowing computer screen most of the…

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When the Joke’s Not Funny

April 1, 2017 | Danielle | Survivorship | 0

My favorite joke of April Fool’s Day occurred when a friend changed his birthday on Facebook to April 1 and his news feed filled up with sentiments that should have occurred in July. People eventually caught on and everyone watching had a good laugh. After all, laughing is good for us; it’s even medicinal at…

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A Week of Grief

March 23, 2017 | Danielle | Survivorship | 0

Losing Grandma I gently patted around the blankets looking for her frail hand to hold, but it was too buried. So, I settled for combing my fingers through her thinning gray hair. Under normal circumstances, she’d hate it that so many saw her without freshly styled curls. But this week, there was no beauty shop…

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