People at Play
Sep04

People at Play

We are lucky to have a family cottage at a beautiful lake in Wisconsin.  We consider it our second home.  A wonderful neighborhood full of kids and families.  The pace of life that permeates your days is what makes this place so special.  Our children run outside all day and you know they are safe.  A day usually consists of coffee, a dog walk, a stretch on the pier, maybe an early morning dip to wash off the fog of the night before. ...

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Spreading Skin Cancer Awareness
Jun09

Spreading Skin Cancer Awareness

May is always a great month for the opportunity to get out and talk skin cancer awareness.  It is the start of summer.  The time when people begin to think about summer break, the pool, the beach, the boat.  Just some of my favorite things.  Of course, all of those experiences come with great exposure to sun. I had the pleasure of spending a morning at WGVU radio doing two segments on skin cancer awareness.  Lots of fun tips embedded...

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Surviving Summer Sun
May25

Surviving Summer Sun

After suffering through a long winter, all you want to do in summer is feel the warmth of the sun on you skin and enjoy all of the natural outdoor riches the Midwest provides. My favorite times are riding in the boat on Lake Michigan as the sun shines warmly down on our family. Rushing along those beautiful blue waters with the wind whipping all around. The reward is that beautiful sun kissed glow that says, “I’m alive, healthy and...

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The “C” Word!
Apr27

The “C” Word!

For every cancer survivor there is one word you think you want to hear… cured.  The big “c” word.  Its what everyone strives for.  However, once I heard it, I’ve found it is less empowering than expected. In fact, that C-word is what led to my sabbatical from writing this blog.  This past summer marked my 5-year anniversary since my metastatic Melanoma diagnosis.  While many doctors will tell you melanoma can never be ruled out, there...

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To D, or Not to D, That is the Question
Dec19

To D, or Not to D, That is the Question

We just returned from a lovely trip to Hawaii and between the jetlag and the dreary weather in Michigan, our home has been very slow to wake up. In fact, as I write this I am sitting alone in my kitchen with one at school and the other two still asleep. To help shake off the sluggish feeling of glooming overcast skies, I always turn to my favorite energy boost from the refrigerator and add another drop of D to my morning regiment....

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Scared As Hell, But “It Will Be Okay”
Sep20

Scared As Hell, But “It Will Be Okay”

This monday I am going in for exploratory surgery.  It all started with a routine visit to my OB.  I complained of pain along my c-section scar and she says, “did you know you have a lump here?”  I sat straight up, “No! What?”  and then my mind said, “SHIT.”  Off to the Oncologist who said, “when you walk out of this room, you’re standing on a cliff.  It will go one of two ways, but...

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