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Transitioning Treatments

Transitioning Treatments

I saw my doctor yesterday for the first time since my last chemotherapy treatment 4 weeks ago. As I discussed in my last blog with health updates, the platinum-based chemotherapy drug that I’ve been on has killed enough cancer to try to transition me to […]

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Per a resolution of Congress, today is Metastatic Breast Cancer awareness day. While the entire month of October is Breast Cancer awareness month, much of the messaging focuses on prevention, survivors, and positive pink. The reality is prevention is not enough – we badly need […]

Vallejo City Unified School District Resolution

Vallejo City Unified School District Resolution

I was asked by my father if I would help him present Vallejo City Unified School District Resolution No. 2775 recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and say a few words about my own story at tonight’s school board meeting. I happily signed up […]

Health & Advocacy Updates Here! Read all about it!

Health & Advocacy Updates Here! Read all about it!

  Dealing with my health is thankfully not all that I’ve done in the last few weeks. I’ve also participated in several Breast Cancer-advocacy events. Specifically:   I’ve attended and spoken at the American Cancer Society Hope Gala in Sacramento. This is the “high-roller” gala […]

That’s What Moms Are For!

That’s What Moms Are For!

In my last blog post, I shared that I was feeling a bit bummed about having a chemo treatment on my birthday. Well, my mother was not going to let a little chemo get in the way of celebrating. Unbeknownst to me, she organized a […]

Real Men Wear Pink!

Real Men Wear Pink!

Earlier this evening at the Golden One Center, I was afforded the opportunity to share my Cancer story with a room full of vivacious, philanthropic, and maybe slightly competitive male volunteers who have all raised their hands to be “Real Men Wear Pink” Ambassadors for […]

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

“Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” This advice was given to me as a principle for professional success at the Big 4 company I formerly worked for. In that context, it was referencing putting yourself our there for networking at events/conferences/trainings, accepting project roles that intimidate you, […]

Off the Grid in Alaska

Off the Grid in Alaska

I’ve intentionally been a bit MIA for the last week-and-a-half-ish. Thankfully it was not for nefarious health reasons. So where have I been? Well, in *Alaska* for my first time with my Mom, close friend Joelle, and her family. Social media and the internet can […]

Cancer: The Part-time Job I Never Wanted & Can’t Quit

Cancer: The Part-time Job I Never Wanted & Can’t Quit

Cancer is like a part-time job I never wanted in terms of time commitment. The perks are terrible too; it pays in death threats and I can’t just quit if I’m unhappy with management decisions. I’m sure anyone with chronic health issues can relate, but the time it takes […]

Vacaville Reporter Headline: Living With Cancer, Ms. Vacaville Advocates for a Cure

Vacaville Reporter Headline: Living With Cancer, Ms. Vacaville Advocates for a Cure

Yesterday I was on the Front Page of the Sunday edition of the Vacaville Reporter, my hometown newspaper with the headline “Living with Cancer, Ms. Vacaville Advocates for a Cure.” How exciting is that?! The article discussed my connection to Vacaville, my education/career, and my […]