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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Sale Time!  Stock Up on UPF for Next Summer
Aug19

Sale Time! Stock Up on UPF for Next Summer

Now’s the time to stock up on UPF gear for your fall/winter/spring vacations and next summer.  Remember, a UPF rating never expires, so you can buy on sale now and use for years to come. Athleta: this link will take you to everything UPF 50 Coolibar: use code “sale14” for an extra 25% off sale prices SanSoleil: a great source for golf, tennis and swim UPF 50 gear Happy hunting!  Remember, protected pale skin is...

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A Portable Sunscreen Must Buy!
Jul21

A Portable Sunscreen Must Buy!

One of my favorite outcomes of starting this blog has been the change in conversations I get to have with readers and friends. Sunscreen and sun protection were never topics I used to discuss with friends. In fact, many of my friends didn’t even know I had been diagnosed and treated for Melanoma until I started this blog. I was ashamed to admit that my vanity had caused a major life changing illness. Plus, cancer isn’t an easy topic...

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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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Eliminating Melanoma and Making My Day
Apr02

Eliminating Melanoma and Making My Day

Yesterday ranks as one of my favorite days of the year.  Why?  I got to spend three hours with one of the foremost experts in metastatic melanoma treatment research.  I know… you’re jealous, but this man spends his days thinking of ways to beat melanoma and to me that makes him amazing. Here’s why spending the afternoon with Brian Nickoloff, M.D., Ph.D. at the Van Andel Institute of Research in Grand Rapids, MI made my day: Just...

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