Second opinions

December 6, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 11

I don’t want to write this post. Not because I don’t like talking to you, or because I don’t want you to read my blog, but because I feel silly. Here’s why: I got a second opinion from a colorectal surgeon. And not only did the doctor’s second opinion make me stop and think twice…

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Surviving Christmas with no money

November 30, 2018 | Danielle | Money | 2

I pulled my hand back into the car from the ATM and looked down at the five, crisp bills. “This is it,” I thought to myself. This is all we have to spend for Christmas. My husband had entered the arena of unemployment thanks to an unexpected layoff a few years prior; the subsequent job…

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It’s hard to be still right now.

November 27, 2018 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 1

A few months ago, I got pretty good at mindfulness – I learned how to be still. I even went to a retreat where a mindfulness guru came in and led our small group in an exercise. There we all sat on colorful, braided mats with crossed legs, closed eyes and open palms. We breathed…

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Announcing: Unexpected. 25 Daily Advent Devotionals

November 22, 2018 | Danielle | News and Announcements | 6

You guys – I wrote a book! An advent devotional! I’m so excited to share the launch of my first published book today:  Unexpected. 25 Daily Advent Devotionals. Advent Book Details The book is available via Amazon – paperback and Kindle. It contains 25 short readings focused on advent. It’s meant to be a quick,…

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J Pouch vs Ileostomy (Big Surgery Decisions)

November 16, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 10

Don’t you love how medical news and decisions tend to linger? It’s like cutting onions or boiling eggs. Well, sort of, it’s way less scrumptious at the end. Meeting with a colorectal surgeon I met with a new surgeon this week at KU Cancer Center and discussed my latest colonoscopy. I liked him a lot.…

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Road trip to heaven (A tribute to Ms. Linda)

November 13, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 2

I didn’t expect my adoption post this month to be centered around the news of a funeral. But as I’ve processed the passing of my daughter’s birth grandma last week, there’s no better way to advocate for adoption right now. We met Ms. Linda shortly after we adopted Mae. She helped care for the child…

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I don’t feel brave

November 6, 2018 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 2

One of the best decisions I’ve made in the past week is sharing my colonoscopy results with you all. Seriously. The outpouring of support is overwhelming, in a good way. My heart was encouraged by the comments, messages, texts and phone calls all weekend. It took me over an hour and a half to read…

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Not the News I Wanted

November 3, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 9

I had dreams of posting a blog about my colonoscopy earlier this week and sharing that I was polyp-free and the coast was clear in my colon. Although I didn’t leave the clinic like I have in previous years, worried and concerned cancer was growing in my body, I didn’t leave like I’d hoped. During…

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5 Ways I Rocked Self Care This Week

October 18, 2018 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 2

I’m not typically the type of person to say I “rocked” something – especially when it comes to self care. But honestly, this week I’ve done a bang-up job of taking care of myself. This is not easy to do. Why? The assumed answer might be, “I’m a mom,” but, I struggled with self care…

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Why Survivor Stories Matter

October 2, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Communications | 0

I am one of the one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S. and an advocate for survivor stories. But I’ve not always worn this badge so openly or proudly. I think a lot of survivors, of any trauma, can relate. Although surviving cancer is typically viewed as heroic in our culture now, this wasn’t…

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