Hey Cancer, FU! – A Tribute to John MacLeod

April 23, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 1

He was a bull in a china shop, and I mean that in the most loving way. If John could read this description about himself, I imagine he’d say, “Damn straight.” I first encountered this man in a bright, white hallway. He was, let’s just say, talking like a passionate, confident sales guy on the…

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This is 35

December 14, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship, Faith | 0

“How does it feel to turn 35 years old!?” friends asked me across a conference room table earlier this week. They’re new friends, people I’ve met over the past year through work. People who’ve not lived the past 18 years by my side as I’ve survived colon cancer (although people who would have undoubtedly rushed…

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17 Reasons God Meant Colon Cancer for My Good

January 23, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 7

17 is a number that has followed me around for a long time, and today, I’m going to give you 17 reasons I can see how God used colon cancer for my good. For the past 17 years, I’ve been telling the story of being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer just a few weeks…

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To Life! – A Tribute to Dr. Tom

November 15, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 5

Scroll down past the big trees – he told us on his personal blog – and there you’ll find me. In a picture from one of his hiking trips, surrounded by beautiful tall trunks of some of the world’s tallest trees, there Tom Marsilje didn’t only find himself but introduced himself. Humble. Happy. Hopeful he…

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Long Overdue Health Update

July 11, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer 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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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 | Cancer Survivorship, Faith | 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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16 Candles (on my cancer survivor cake)

January 23, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 2

If I could travel back in time and offer a cancer survivor some words of encouragement – the 17-year-old standing in the back of the library who had just been told she had colon cancer, it would be this: Look up. Breathe. Exhale. Seek. Repeat. And then I’d add in some of this as we sit…

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