What’s Cancer Mommy?
Sep10

What’s Cancer Mommy?

Recently on a short drive to the swimming pool my son asked a very tough and unexpected question.  “Mom, what’s cancer and do you still have it?” I guess I knew the day would come when our oldest son would catch on to the whispered conversations and the other room discussions about mommy’s doctor visits, recent scares and weekly blogging passion.  I guess I just wasn’t ready for it today. He’s 5....

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Hey Surgeon General, Can You Get My Back?
Aug03

Hey Surgeon General, Can You Get My Back?

This past Tuesday the Surgeon General released a warning concerning the effects of UV exposure on human skin and it’s relationship to the growing epidemic of skin cancer in America.  Sweet! The Surgeon General has my back and might help me rub some sunscreen on it too. To me, this was a major win for my goals of teaching sun awareness and sun safety.  However, I was amazed and a bit annoyed at the amount of backlash this public...

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Sunality’s Sunscreen Shopping Survival Guide
Jul17

Sunality’s Sunscreen Shopping Survival Guide

Lately I have been getting a ton of questions about sunscreen: which to buy, what to avoid, best for kids, all natural vs. chemicals, etc…  I completely understand.  At first I thought, the more the better because when I started my new sunality, I didn’t know about all the other products available to shield me from UVA and UVB rays.  Additionally, I didn’t have a full awareness of how many hidden chemicals I was...

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Looking Back, Living a Successful Sunality
Jun19

Looking Back, Living a Successful Sunality

June is a month of celebration and change in our family: 11 years ago I met the love of my life, 5 years ago we sold the family business, 4 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, 3 years ago we had our second son.  We celebrate two birthdays (a big 40th milestone for the hubby this year) and Father’s Day. I sometimes hold my breath when we enter the month of June.  Will it bring blessings or challenges?  Will the winds of change...

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Top Ten Summer Sun Survival Tips
Jun12

Top Ten Summer Sun Survival Tips

As a midwesterner, I suffer through a long and cold winter. When summer arrives, all I want to do is feel the warmth of the sun on my skin and enjoy all of the natural outdoor riches. 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,...

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Mother’s Day Thoughts
May11

Mother’s Day Thoughts

Not a Mother’s Day passes that I don’t thank God for giving me our two wonderful children.  Not only have I been blessed with these extra years but I am also one of the lucky ones who found their melanoma early enough to survive.  When I was diagnosed, my oldest was only 18 months old.  When I walked to the MRI and Cat-Scan clutching my son’s lion blanket, all I could think was “there has to be more...

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