I am not the kind of person who sits back and waits for life to happen. I want action and I want it now!
I am sarcastic and usually able to find something funny about most situations.
I am blessed to have supportive family and friends.
I am passionate about life and educating folks through humor.
I strive each day to make the world just a little bit better
My Breast Cancer Journey
I was 41 years old when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2012. There is not a history of Breast Cancer in my family and to be quite honest, I didn't believe the doctor when she told me. Cancer was something that happened to other people....not me! Well....this time it was me... I chose a lumpectomy and underwent surgery a little over a month after diagnosis. It wasn't until after surgery that I learned the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes and chemotherapy was necessary. Chemo was just as bad as everyone says! I had an allergic reaction to my first treatment and ended up with a new treatment plan. In the end, I endured eight rounds of chemotherapy followed by 34 radiation treatments. I finished treatments on June 7, 2013. I am now happy and healthy and cancer-free!
My Book: Breast Cancer Mardi Gras
Breast Cancer Mardi Gras: Surviving the Emotional Hurricane and Showing My Boobs to Strangers was a labor of love. I kept a blog through my journey and about halfway through chemo, my friends and family started asking if I was going to turn the blog into a book. Say what??? But, the more I thought about it the more I felt called to do just that. The book is a quick read and hopefully positive, optimistic, and funny. I use conversations with my sister to open every chapter and close each chapter with unsolicited advice. From the initial "I have cancer" Facebook post to boob photos, I take you through my journey of diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I hope the book brings joy and a good laugh to those who read it.
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