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It’s officially been a minute (or a few months, but who’s counting?)! I had every intention of continuing to write, but in all honesty, I just needed a break from the cancer updates and info sharing. Recently, Justin and I have been super busy! We were finally able move into our new home a few…Continue reading »

Chemotherapy: Stretches for Health

Before beginning any exercise program, please check with your physician or physical therapist! Not all exercises or stretches are appropriate for everyone – please read my full medical disclaimer here before trying any of the exercises listed below. It’s no secret that it can be difficult to stay active during chemotherapy. While exercise has been…Continue reading »

Breast Surgery: Post-Op Stretches

Before beginning any exercise program, please check with your physician or physical therapist! Not all exercises or stretches are appropriate for everyone – please read my full medical disclaimer here before trying any of the exercises listed below. After both breast-conserving surgeries and mastectomies, people often find they have difficulty reaching overhead or behind their…Continue reading »

365

It’s been one whole trip around the sun since we read the dreaded pathology report… “consistent with invasive ductal carcinoma.” And in these last 365 days, I feel like I’ve lived 100 different lifetimes. Newly diagnosed. Fertility planner. Chemo baldie. Breast conservation surgery advocate. Radiation breath-holding champion. Student. Educator. Survivor. Now, the scars are fading….Continue reading »

It’s Going…

**Full disclosure – this post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission when you purchase from certain companies at no additional cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Mahalo! Hi, friends. It’s been a minute! I just wanted to share that today I am officially 5 months out of chemo!…Continue reading »

Radiation Fibrosis

Radiation therapy is used as an adjunct treatment for cancer to kill off any remaining cancer cells in the surrounding tissues which are often called “micrometastases.” Radiation therapy is not appropriate for all cancer patients, but for those who do have treatment plans which include radiation, the short and long-term effects can be difficult to…Continue reading »

TNBC Day!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share that today, March 3, is TNBC Day! In fact, the whole month of March is dedicated to raising awareness about triple negative breast cancer and fundraising for TNBC research! As you know, I was diagnosed with TNBC last April. TNBC primarily affects younger people (age <50), people with a…Continue reading »

Heart Health & Breast Cancer

❤ February is American Heart Month ❤ Did you know that heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death for Americans and that 1 in 4 Americans will die of heart disease each year? Did you also know that women who’ve had certain types of cancer treatments are at a greater risk for heart…Continue reading »

And Just Like That…

Today, February 10, 2021, is my last day of radiation therapy and my LAST DAY OF ACTIVE TREATMENT for triple negative breast cancer (*breathes huge sigh of relief*)!! It has been the most rollercoaster-y 10 months of my life and I am ready to close this chapter of pokes and stitches and breath holds forever!…Continue reading »

5 Things I Learned from A Naturopath

It’s no secret that I am freakishly in-tune with my body and that I also value knowing exactly what’s happening behind the scenes of my symptoms. Even before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew something was off with my body, and I’d started to research root causes and naturopathic/functional medicine approaches to help…Continue reading »

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