10 Cancer Resources for You or A Friend

It was seven years ago next month that I heard the words, “You have breast cancer.” One simple phone call turned my world upside-down as words like lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy forced their way into my well-ordered world. My cancer...

My Clean Makeup Journey

Having cancer makes you look closely at what you put in your body.  Just a little over six years ago my breast cancer diagnosis started me on a clean eating journey. Once my treatment was over, my oncologist told me I had three jobs: Keep my weight at a healthy BMI....

Cancer Cured Me of These Five Things

“Hello Jill, this is Dr. Nord’s office. I have the results of your breast biopsy. Are you alone?” It was five years ago today that those words turned my world upside down. Yes, I was alone. In fact, I was driving and had answered the phone using my Bluetooth. I pulled...

My Breast Cancer Journey

Four years ago this week my life changed when breast cancer became a part of my vocabulary.  It had been a part of my extended family’s vocabulary for some time because my aunt, my mom, and my grandmother had all received breast cancer diagnoses before I did. We...

Fantastic Food: Leeks

Several years ago when we were hosting a young man from Poland, he wanted to make a traditional Polish meal for our family. I took him to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients he needed and he asked me where the leek’s were. I had no idea. I’d never...

When Mom Is Sick

It was one year ago today that I finished six months of treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. Twelve months later, my hair has returned, my body is no longer swollen from steroids, I’m declared cancer-free, and I’m able to bring encouragement to others who are...

Give Yourself The Gift of a Chance

November 13, 2013. It’s a day I’ll never forget. Most people who have received a diagnosis that changes their life remember the date the news was delivered. And the time. And the circumstances. I was headed to the Hearts at Home office for a meeting I was...

Post-Cancer Nutrition Changes

When I met with my oncologist after my last treatment he told me that I now have three jobs: 1) Exercise Regularly 2) Eat Right 3) Keep my weight down As he explained, lifestyle changes can make a difference in “turning on” the cancer cells in our body....

A New Normal: Life After Cancer

Last Tuesday I finished my radiation treatment. I. Am. Now. Cancer. Free!  Surgery. Chemotherapy. Radiation. 8 months of treatment is now behind me. My oncologist, who I will now see every 3 months for the next two years, said I now have three responsibilities to...

Cancer Humor

Over the past six months of my cancer journey, I’ve learned that a sense of humor is very important during the hard times.  Joy is an inside job and is not dependent upon our circumstances. Looking back over this season, a few “funnies” come to mind...