Honoring Survivorship

Last weekend was Nation Cancer Survivors Day and this weekend was my hometown’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser in which my dad and I were the survivor speakers. As I complete my tattoo and celebrate my acceptance to grad school, I find myself deep in thought about survivorship and what life after cancer … Continue reading Honoring Survivorship

Enter the Dragon – PART TWO

Please read Enter the Dragon PART ONE first! From the first day I heard my dragon tattoo calling to me I have felt different about my body.  I look in the mirror and feel stronger, sexier, and more ME already.  But in order to get us together, I have some huge steps to undergo. Imagine if … Continue reading Enter the Dragon – PART TWO

Enter the Dragon PART ONE

It is a hard thing to communicate what is closest to the  heart, and as much as anyone, I often struggle with putting words to paper.  While I have written about body image and breast cancer here, I have  only touched the surface of how deeply traumatized I, and other young women, are by the … Continue reading Enter the Dragon PART ONE

A Survivor’s Reminder

Like most survivors, I am terrified of being diagnosed with cancer again. Every weird feeling, illness or overtired day makes me think that something is seriously wrong with me. Facing these fears head on provides an opportunity to learn to stay present in the process when the fear of “what if” keeps you awake at … Continue reading A Survivor’s Reminder