Living on Grace, Grit, and Gratitude

Running on Grit, Grace, and Gratitude –  I was recently listening to Mel Robins’s podcast and she got me thinking about my own top 3 lessons from the worst year of my life. While I am still reflecting on what my top 3 lessons would be, I keep coming back to these three words: Grit, […]

New Traditions

When I was diagnosed, my relationship with my parents wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. We had certainly lived through many growing pains and like most families, we struggled to navigate the transition into adulthood. But diagnosis changes families. When you receive the news, you have a choice to make. You can either lean in […]

Come Join Us!

We are teaming up with our favorite organization, A Time to Health Cancer Foundation (ATTH), to host a couch conversation on September 24th– bring your comfies and coffee. There is no agenda, no script, we are just bringing our authentic selves to you!  I’ve included the announcement below and you can click here to register. […]

A Parent’s Perspective: A Child Diagnosed

My amazing, beautiful, smart, educated, independent (is there a limit on how many verbs I can use) daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer at 27 years old. My name is Cindi aka Momma Cindi to Emalee. I remember receiving the phone call that started a chain reaction of events that changed our family forever. It came on a Sunday […]

The Watch and Wait

As a reader, I imagine a common thread you have noticed among the three of us is that cancer has lasting effects. We have found that most people think that once treatment is over, we are good as new! This is comical… Of course, every cancer diagnosis is different, but many survivors are placed in […]


Living with cancer is challenging for many reasons. While many of these challenges are obvious, chemo, radiation, etc., there is an emotional complexity that is often overlooked. It isn’t easy for us to share our most private experiences publicly, it truly leaves me feeling vulnerable and raw. No matter how “healed” I may feel, reflecting […]

Dear Universe…

We recently bought a house in Virginia and have been chipping away at unpacking. This weekend I found an old journal that I sporadically used in late 2018 and early 2019. If I’m being honest, it was raw and uncomfortable for me to read. The pages are filled with ugly moments, me trying to make […]

Your New Normal Is Not Normal

If you haven’t read Becky’s post, ‘I Miss Me’, please go give it a read!  It hits so close to home for me personally, but honestly for so many survivors. Cancer lingers. It lingers in ways that I never imagined. The moment treatment is finished, the common perception is you are suddenly cured and life will […]

Never Say Never

What I wish I would have known before cancer?  Gah-that is a tough one. Hindsight is 20/20, but from my perspective nothing prepares you for the Big C. Though I can share one thing I have learned and continue to learn every day. Never Say Never Cancer was so far off the radar for me. On […]

Say Yes to the Dog

When the three of us met and became friends, I was the only one that had a doggy, but you bet your ass we are now 3/3 for having pups! I can still remember Becky lecturing Taylor on all of the reasons she shouldn’t get a dog. For the record, they were all fair and […]