Edition 19 – “My Story Definetly Isn’t Over!”

Celebrating 5 YEARS CANCER FREE!


Dear Friends and Family,

As I sit and look at the calendar, I think to myself “the last month of 2022 is tomorrow”.  Before I let my mind wander and start thinking about the holiday rush, I pause and think about what I am especially grateful for in November of 2022.  My husband and I celebrated our nine year wedding anniversary and this month marked being FIVE YEARS CANCER FREE (from my last radiation treatment)!  I am now a member of the Survivorship Program and will go to one appointment a year.  I still see my radiation oncologist yearly amongst other appointments that come after breast cancer treatment. 

It seems like yesterday that I was celebrating my last radiation appointment on November of 2017 in the radiation waiting room with friends and family.  When I think of the outpouring of love and support, I received throughout my surgery and treatments, it brings a smile to my face. 

In the beginning of January 2018, when my life was no longer consumed by cancer treatments, I felt “lost”.  I wasn’t sure what to do with my time.  I was working and going through the motions that everything was still the same, but it wasn’t, I wasn’t the same person I was before cancer.  I was grieving the person I was before cancer.  Grief and loss can occur, not only with the passing of a loved one, but when people are faced with a life altering health diagnosis.  People can often experience the loss of one’s self and grieve the person that they once were before their diagnosis. 

As many of you know, I have been in the helping profession for my entire career, as an educator, school counselor, and now I will be utilizing my counseling skills as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I look forward to helping my clients navigate life with or without a life altering health diagnosis.

Cancer definitely puts life into perspective and I had to “rediscover” who I was as a person and what is and isn’t important to me.  To this day, I continue to learn things about myself and navigate life.  One thing cancer did remind me of, is that “Each day is a gift from God”.  Some days may be good and some days may be bad, and some days may be in between, but each day it is still a gift… 

Like I used to tell my upper school students, “Just take five minutes out of your busy, busy schedule and think of what you are grateful for, if you don’t have five minutes, one minute works too…”  Everyone that is reading this can participate too. 😉


Anchored in HOPE,


The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 42


Dear Friends and Family,

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I am very fortunate that I have attended an event called  In the Pink of Health the last three years.  Each year I attend the event, I have different thoughts and feelings that overcome me.  Continue reading “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 42”

The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 41


Dear Family and Friends, 

I have been “running around”  🏃🏻‍♀️  Texas like crazy and feel like I am a famous person on a Texas tour – ha, ha!  I wanted to give a quick update and let everyone know that my appointment a MD Anderson went well!  That is a big relief and I am glad that appointment was one of the first of many “other” appointments I had like, dentist, hair, etc.  I have also been fortunate to visit with family, friends, and Maverick!  I would love to write more, but I have to go…

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 40


Dear Friends and Family, 

I felt that this post belonged in “The Anchor” category instead of “Adventures in Amsterdam” since it is breast cancer related, don’t get me wrong having breast cancer WAS and STILL IS an “adventure”.  Cancer is not an “adventure” that anyone wants to go on or be a part of.  Cancer does not discriminate and affects not only the person that is diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers also.  Cancer is an AWFUL DISEASE and so many die from this horrible disease, the young and old, and there is STILL NO CURE! 

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 39


Dear Friends and Family,

I hope that everyone is having a great summer!  It has been way too long since I have written.  I have been incredibly busy the last few months getting ready to move to Amsterdam. 

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗- Edition 38


Dear Friends and Family,

Wow, it has been a long time since I have written!  I have been very busy living and loving life.  Things have definitely not gone back to the way they used to be, but I am adjusting to the “new normal”.  My last cancer treatment, radiation, was a little over a year ago.  I remember that day vividly, celebrating with my friends and family in the lobby of the hospital and RINGING THE BELL!  

I recently met with my oncologist and radiation oncologist and they said that my scans are clear!  I was so nervous leading up to those appointments because you always have the fear that the cancer will return or metastasize.  I was more than relieved when I found out the results on the same day and did not have to wait.

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 37


Dear Friends and Family,

My mom and I went to Nashville for a Mother/Daughter vacation before my surgery.  We had a great time and were really, really busy.  We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman, saw singes performance at the Grand Ole Opry.  We also went to a food festival and winery.  Also, we checked out Tootsies and the bars that Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Rich from Big and Rich opened.  I guess that is the new thing for  country singers to do, open their own bars.  We also ate at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken.  We returned to Texas a day before my surgery.

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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 36


June 12, 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

I thought that I would “check-in” since I haven’t written in awhile.  I am on summer vacation, but have been busy with doctor, dentist appointments and professional development for work.  I met with the plastic surgeon and the anesthesia department last week to prepare for my upcoming surgery on Tuesday, June 19th.  I know that it sounds weird, but I am looking forward to having surgery because I feel that is one more “piece” of the puzzle to moving on to my “new” normal.  The surgery will be a day surgery, which is nice.  The recovery time is two to four weeks.  I will play it by ear as to how I feel recovery-wise.  This surgery will not be as involved as my surgery in March.  
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The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 35





Dear Friends and Family,

My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to exercise.  I have been busy exercising through the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA.  The program lasted 12 weeks and classes were held twice a week.  The program introduced me to TRX and water aerobics where we learned proper weightlifting and stretching techniques.  Also, we focused on cardio.  The LIVESTRONG coaches were amazing and very encouraging.  It was also nice to be with a group of women that had walked a similar path as me and were wanting to have a more healthy lifestyle.  We were the 13th graduating class and received a certificate and  yellow rubber ducky with a graduation cap on it.  I definitely will miss my workout friends and the coaches.  The program held me to be accountable and committed to my fitness.  We were assessed in the beginning of the program and at the end of the program and I made progress in all areas. 

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