• lymphedema treatment act
    Cancer,  causes,  Featured,  Health

    Caring for the Skin You’re In: Cancer, Cellulitis and The Lymphedema Treatment Act

    Right now, I’m sitting in the heat, with this hot computer on my lap, and every fan in the house aimed at me while I try to type with just my left hand. My right hand is out of commission and elevated on a pile of pillows. This scenario is not conducive to getting much writing done – or to adequately being there for the 6-year-old. On days like this, I’m the yell-at-the-kid-from-the-couch mom, rather than the walk-across-the-room-and-address-the-situation-appropriately mom.  The heat doesn’t help with that either. Nor does the pain. What’s going on with my arm? It’s recovering from my second bout of cellulitis this summer. Cellulitis is a skin infection…

  • Tour de Pink 2014
    Cancer,  causes,  Living Well,  WW

    YSC, the Tour de Pink, and #GivingTuesday

    A couple months ago, after a Tour de Pink training ride, my friend and fellow cancer survivor, Karen Lawson, posted a selfie on Facebook, and wrote, “Love these legs and the 57 HILLY miles they just carried me up.” I was surprised when my eyes welled up at reading her post. In the nearly 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis, one of the things I’m still working on is forgiving my body, and learning to develop compassion and even appreciation for my body – mutant genes and all. Cancer felt like a betrayal; my own body turned against me. I’ve learned that I am not alone in feeling this…

  • Party with a Purpose
    Cancer,  causes,  Community,  Seattle

    Party with a Purpose – benefiting pediatric cancer research

    Cupcakes and wine and a party with a purpose… this looks like fun. The issue of cancer is near to my heart. It was so terribly difficult for me to get through, I can’t imagine what it would be like for a child.  Party with a Purpose takes aim at childhood cancer. This family friendly party is a fundraising event, and the proceeds benefit the pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Along with the cupcake and wine pairings for the grownups, there will be doughnut decorating activities for the kids. Party with a Purpose Party With A Purpose is a charitable event for the benefit of Pediatric Cancer Research…

  • ovarian cancer awareness
    causes,  Food,  Health,  Living Well

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    I’m still mulling recipe ideas for the O Foods Contest, but in the meantime, I’ll go ahead and post this notice to spread the word. CONTEST RULES O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue. There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest: ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive,…

  • causes,  Community,  Living Well

    Here or There, as long as the deed gets done

    A part of me is so jealous of my friends who have flown, driven, biked, ran, crawled, whatever it took to get to Washington D.C.   But then I think about how cold it is there, and I’ll be here in my jammies, eating breakfast, snuggled in a giant comforter, and able to run to my bathroom anytime I like without waiting in line.  Inauguration day will be just as important whether I’m here or there.