In a mix of sorrow and blessings, I’ll have 4 weeks in Italy between May and July. I’m in my way home from the first of two trips. The first was with my mom and sister. My mom and dad had always planned a dream trip to Italy after they sold our childhood home and... Continue Reading →

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If you're a cancer survivor and still work, this is a must read. It's long, but extremely important to protect your income in case you develop long-term side effects from treatments and at some point can no longer work. Or, you get cancer again. :/ I developed long-term, debilitating side-effects from the surgeries, radiation and... Continue Reading →

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Nine years ago - to the day - I finished chemo treatments for stage 3 tongue cancer. I still had a week of radiation treatments left. It saved my life but also completely changed my path many times over. Grateful the treatments worked for me, but I struggle still with the trauma of that experience.... Continue Reading →

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I've become more interested in history as I've gotten older. Maybe I just better understand why history matters, maybe because I now get to learn about it on my terms, or maybe it's because I'm not being tested on it. 🙂 I've also gotten way more into black history thanks to more movies and media... Continue Reading →

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Head and Neck Cancer is a Lifetime Disease

When I was diagnosed with cancer it was truly awful and devastating, but over time you come to accept your diagnosis and treatment plan. You get through it because you think "this is temporary" and I will get back to my normal life after a year or two. I can't speak for other cancer patients... Continue Reading →

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I love lifestyle blogs and instas where all the photos are perfectly on brand, consistently color themed, styled, and perfectly filtered. Where posts runneth over of beautiful dinner parties with moneys-no-object (neither apparently is time nor patience) table settings, and blissed out, impeccably dressed party guests. This, however, is not that blog. This is about... Continue Reading →

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Disabled. Spoonie. Chronically ill. These are just a few ways those of us with a lot of health issues identify. I prefer to be called “Differently-abled.” Years ago, my husband and I talked a lot about my new status as “disabled,” telling him how I felt that saying I was disabled seemed inappropriate and didn’t... Continue Reading →

What's more painful than severe chronic pain? Health insurance companies. It's hard for me to say whether my current insurance company is especially cruel, or if it's that my treatment needs have escalated to a point that I am getting uncommon treatments, which require more hoop jumping. It's like a bad combo of their special... Continue Reading →

Mmmm, can you smell it now? I can, because I have tween children and an active husband. My washing detergent of preference is Tide Free Pods. I like that there is no scent and seems better for your skin than added fragrances, aka chemicals. But sometimes it just isn't cutting it. My new favorite cleaning... Continue Reading →

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