Cancer Influencer

Wow, I haven’t written since July! That feels wacky and wrong, and right and ugh, I don’t know. Let’s start with some updates on what life has been like over the last few months. I’ll also intersperse some photos from cancery things I’ve been doing recently. GRACE Documentary has taken on a life of its…

A Grancer SOS

STAY-AT-HOME-PARENT– Zero consistency, no days off (including sick days), lots of human excrement, emotional garbage disposal, complete loss of sense of self. Managed by tiny dictators. Payment in leftover Goldfish crackers. Okay, so the above is my first job, Job #1. Parenting is my priority (in terms of ‘work,’ not in terms of snacks or naps)….

North Korea, South China Sea, Breast Cancer

What would you think, if you recently had chemotherapy as a breast cancer treatment and you woke up to these headlines? Allow me to tell you what I thought. FUUUUCCCKKKKKK. I mean, yeah science!, but also, (mad face). Upon reading the many articles and trying to digest the evidence-based conclusions, I felt some unexpected reactions….

May 18

May 18, 2016 A wise man once said, ‘Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down.’ He may have been speaking about how to become a suburban prince, but if I am to pirate this illustrious quote for myself, it would be about the day I had my…

Transparent

About a week after my final chemo, I was contacted by a filmmaker named Rachel Pikelny. She was looking for someone to follow as a documentary film subject, someone who was finishing active treatment for breast cancer and moving on to what so many refer to as, ‘life back to normal’. The rest is history….

Survivors in the Wild

So much about my life has gone back to status quo (note I’m not using the word ‘normal’). I don’t think about cancer every hour. Some days I only think about it once or twice a day (usually in conjunction with my hair which is in a rough stage requiring at least 4 snap barrettes…

When Cancer Survivors Collide

This weekend I threw on my comfiest sequin travel wear and flew down to Orlando to the Young Survival Coalition’s Annual Summit where I was to be not only a participant, but a speaker. Fun side note about air travel in sequins– you will basically make the body scanner machine implode upon itself with alerts and…

Scare

I saw my oncologist last week for a check-up. These visits are pretty uneventful these days which is the way you want your oncology appointments. They draw my blood from my one available arm, take my blood pressure, temperature and weigh me. Next I am told to change into a gown and I park it…

One for the Team

***This post will discuss the following topics, marijuana & vaginas. If you are not ready for that jelly, please stop reading now. I’m talking to you, in-laws*** The lengths I will go to for you all… writing this post may kill me, but as an intrepid reporter from the front lines of all things breast cancer,…

The Big D

That’s enough you guys, heads out of the gutter. Let’s play spin the wheel of mental disorders! On the wheel we have Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, PTSD & Generalized Anxiety. OK now go ahead and spin and if you land on my mental disorder, you win a toaster. Spinning, Spinning, Spinning, Spinning, Spinning… And it…

Advocacy or (my) Bust

Got diagnosed with cancer, was coerced into writing a blog by my sister while I was on narcotics, blog took off, asked to be in a documentary film, now I am an official breast cancer advocate. Wow, that went in a direction I wasn’t exactly expecting. In a lot of ways it makes a ton…

Grancer Who?

Being Grancer has become one of the greatest privileges of my life. With over 140,000 visitors and 420,000 views, I am kind of a big deal in the small world of young breast cancer patients and their loved ones. I tell it like it is in my very special verbal diarrhea fashion. Meaning there is…