Here’s our 2020 so far (with pics!)

January 30, 2020 | Danielle | Survivorship | 1

I’ve been talking about you lately. Yes, you, blog reader. And by talking, I should say writing. I’ve added bits of my blogging story into my memoir. I go into why I started Semicolon Stories in 2009 and, in that process, have been reflecting over my blog’s growth into this website… and now a book!…

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Surprise gift – A Devotional

January 5, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 0

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV) I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve because I knew what awaited my sleeping daughter. A few weeks before Christmas, I…

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Heather with the Feather – A Tribute

December 29, 2019 | Danielle | Survivorship | 4

“I was the primary caregiver for my daddy who passed away from colon cancer in 2013. Two years later, at 34 years old, I was diagnosed. Stage IV colon cancer. No symptoms. No genetic marker. In place of shock was heartbreak; that my husband would bear the burden of primary caregiver. In place of the…

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5 lessons from my garden this year

October 27, 2019 | Danielle | Survivorship | 2

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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What two funerals taught me about the power of presence

October 13, 2019 | Danielle | Survivorship | 0

Over the weekend, I attended two funerals in two days. As I’ve been processing these losses, and searching for a survival tip for today, a simple thought came to my mind:  be present. Our presence to one another is a great gift we can offer to show support. Goodbye, Eva The first funeral I attended…

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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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