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Thoughts and musings from the intersection of personal and professional experience in breast cancer land.

171,476. That’s how many words there are (give or take) in the English language as of 2021.  And while that’s a lot of possibilities I want to talk about how you can use just three of those words to change your life forever.  It all begins by answering a single question:  “What three words would you […]

Layers of blue mosaic tiles being torn back to reveal pink mosaic tiles underneath.

I see you out there. You’re buried under pink ribbons, and fatigue, and probably don’t recognize yourself in the mirror right now. They’ve slapped stickers all over you like name tags that say “Hi, my name is…. WARRIOR! FIGHTER! SURVIVOR! THRIVER! (insert other cancer cliche here)”. But it’s hard to feel like a warrior when […]

Beautiful Proud Black Woman

It’s time to address the subject of systemic racism and my role in it. Right now the conversation in the world has predominantly shifted to addressing racism and oppression towards BIPOC and, in particular, Black people in our country. I’ve been somewhat vocal on social media and in my immediate world but realized I have […]

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on the idea of identity. IDENTITY: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. This makes it sound so simple, so concrete. So that makes me….. Woman? Human? Person? Being? But really aren’t we so much more complex than this? We are a kaleidoscope […]

On April 24, 2018 I got a tattoo. It wasn’t my first. I know how I react, how I receive the sting of the needle, the buzz of the tool. I know the excitement of watching an idea come to life on my body. I relish the rush of fear over its permanence followed by […]