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Solano County Pageant

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 […]

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 […]

What I Stand For

What I Stand For

My participation in the Solano County Pageant was not only to bring a fun, new experience to my life, but primarily to have a platform for action and positive change on meaningful topics close to my heart. When you are wearing a sash and crown, people notice you and many […]

Happy Belated Birthday America!

Happy Belated Birthday America!

Everyone loves the 4th of July! It’s America’s birthday – how can you not? 4th of July was extra exciting for me this year, as I was a participant in the Fairfield 4th of July Parade riding in a beautiful, bright red Corvette as Ms. Vacaville! […]

Behind the Scenes at Good Day Sacramento

Behind the Scenes at Good Day Sacramento

This morning I had the opportunity to appear on Good Day Sacramento during a live interview segment to talk about my Breast Cancer diagnosis, my recent pageant win, *this blog*, and how they are all related. It was the first time I’ve been to the […]

Joyous Persistence; A Gathering for Positive Actions and Impactful Organizing

Joyous Persistence; A Gathering for Positive Actions and Impactful Organizing

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an event called “Joyous Persistence”. The Speaker’s List boasts an impressive selection of influential women (and men…but mostly women :)) including activists, artists, political figures, and other change-makers. Highlights included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (who has become a bit of a feminist icon since the “Nevertheless, […]

A Day in the Life of a Queen with Cancer

A Day in the Life of a Queen with Cancer

Being a Queen is not all fun and games. While we represent Solano County for many fun events like the Fiesta Days parade and carnival, there are also more solemn occasions. One of these is the annual Vacaville Memorial Day Service to honor those that have fallen […]

A Day in the Life of a Queen

A Day in the Life of a Queen

Today was a very busy day, but I think I can get used to this Queen business. It’s not so terrible having everyone wave at you, want to take pictures with you, and remind you how pretty you are. Forgive my vanity there, but having […]

New Treatment, New Side Effects

New Treatment, New Side Effects

In my blog post from a few days ago, I let you know that cancer is still being an asshole to me at the moment. The oral chemo (see Cancer 101 for explanation, if needed) I’ve been on since March has curbed the growth of my […]

The Road to the Crown; An Exercise in Community Building

The Road to the Crown; An Exercise in Community Building

As a consultant that traveled full-time (which was a job requirement when I was at the Big 4 firm), I learned a very independent lifestyle. I minimized responsibilities and commitments where I “lived” because I was gone most weekdays and always ready to get on […]