Yoga and Healing From Cancer
Jun21

Yoga and Healing From Cancer

Happy International Yoga Day. I wrote a portion of this post a few years ago detailing what Yoga means to me.  It has been an essential part of my healing process: healing and strengthening my body, warding off scar tissue and providing me a quiet and private space to work through all the emotions that come with healing from cancer.  If you’re a yogi then you already know what I mean. There is a moment before class starts when you...

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Smile Chicago!
Jan19

Smile Chicago!

This weekend I had the pleasure of a run along the lakefront in Chicago. The Chicago lakefront is one of the epic runs in the country and one I relish at every opportunity. I always recommend a run along the lakefront as a “must do” when friends ask what to see or do when visiting Chicago. After living in the city for 10 years and having the ability to run whenever I wanted, I can truly say it is one of the things I miss most about...

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Take It to the Mat! Yoga Style
Oct23

Take It to the Mat! Yoga Style

I’m back. It has been a full month since my exploratory surgery and I am just now feeling close to 100%. Thrilled that the findings did fall into the 98% likelihood of NOT cancer, but a third c-section was never in my plans. I thought it would be easier to recover without the infant crying and needing you everyday/moment, but truly not having a reason to keep moving through the pain was more challenging. It was easier to just let the...

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Was She Cold or Was I Hot?
Nov14

Was She Cold or Was I Hot?

I recently ran the Chicago Marathon with my dearest friend.  We were randomly paired together as freshmen year roommates by the computer system at Northwestern University. Apparently it knew something we didn’t, because we have been best friends ever since.  We couldn’t be more different in many ways but found a deep friendship by appreciating and respecting those differences. I was recently reviewing the photos from our...

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The Act of Breathing
May13

The Act of Breathing

As I was rounding mile 14 and closing in on the finish line it hit me… I’m one of the lucky ones.  Why?  Because I get the chance to really understand the importance of breathing. Sometimes I see this battle with melanoma as a blessing.  I remember lying in the MRI machine, clutching my 18 month old son’s lovey, praying for more time, more breaths.  I never want to take a single day or breath for granted again.  I...

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Outdoor Season Is Here… Let the Panic Attacks Begin
May01

Outdoor Season Is Here… Let the Panic Attacks Begin

I love spring like every midwesterner. There is nothing like those first few days of warm air and sunshine to kick off a wild case of spring fever.  As a runner I welcome those first few weeks of spring when I can run outside but also feel comfortable in my 50+ UPF knickers and long sleeved shirts. But when the sun heats up and the temperatures go into the 80’s it is time for shorts and short sleeves.  That is when I do my best...

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