God’s Naked Masterpiece

March 7, 2019 | Danielle | Faith, Parenting | 0

In honor of International Women’s Day, this is for all of my sisters out there. My daughter danced into my room as a way to say “good morning.” I looked over expecting to see the same sight I do most days, an 8-year-old with disheveled pajamas and crazy hair. But that’s not what I saw…

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August 2018 Health Update

August 29, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

Sometimes I step back and realize it’s a miracle I only post personal health updates a few times each year, if that. I don’t take this lightly. Seventeen years ago, after my colon cancer diagnosis, my parents were frequently emailing a list of friends and family with the latest surgery updates, chemotherapy stories and reports from…

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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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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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Health care reform (a cancer survivor’s perspective)

May 5, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer 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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A Week of Grief

March 23, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer 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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Opening up about cancer again

September 4, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 11

I tried to stop writing about colon cancer a little while ago. Well, sort of. I moved away from writing on my Semicolon Stories blog – a site I began after my second diagnosis. Its musings and content mostly focused on “life after colorectal cancer.” I took an active step away from blogging about my…

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15 Years Later – God is my Healer

January 23, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 3

On this day 15 years ago, my life changed forever. I went to school in the morning. I attended a large high school with over 300 other students in my class. It was big enough that I didn’t know everyone at the school, yet somehow small enough that by mid-semester I knew, or at least…

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