Category Archives: Battling Bertha

Why Do You Blog?

Forward:  When I started typing this article, I had no idea where it was going to take me.  Sometimes words just flow from your fingers and you can’t stop them.  My fingers just typed with a clarity of purpose I have not felt in months.   PS – I can’t believe I just wrote a forward to a blog post.   Currently, I am participating in yet another 30 Day Ultimate Blog Challenge, and Paul, one of the challenge hosts, […]

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Couture for the Cause 2017 Model Search #MakeCancerLastSeason

I had a blast yesterday morning with Holly over at WoodlandsHits.com helping promote the 2017 Couture for the Cause Montgomery County:  A Roaring Affaire (think Great Gatsy, roaring 20s). In 2016, I had the honor of modeling in the Couture for the Cause: Moonlight in Milan fashion show.  (Scroll down for photos.)  It was so much fun, I decided to help with the 2017 event as model coordinator.  My job is to find and pamper the models! Models must be […]

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Listen, Clear, Travel | 3 Words for 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for me personally. For my blog, not so much. At the beginning of the year, I outlined over a dozen blog posts intending to finish and schedule them weekly. Great plans for my 30 Women Who Mean Business series, and inspirational metastatic breast cancer updates, as well as, relationship marketing advice fell to the wayside as I lived my incredible life. Those unfinished blog posts are still sitting in my editorial calendar queue, like this gem […]

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Top 10 Breast Cancer Myths According to Dana-Farber

It’s October. For many Americans, that means Columbus Day (a 3-day weekend for many), decorating for Fall, and stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters. For many, October also means breast cancer awareness and the pink-washing of America. I will share my thoughts on the whole pink thing in a future post. Despite bringing awareness to, and opening up dialogues about, the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has yet to quell a myriad of myths women believe.  I must admit, until […]

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Is Cancer a Gift?

There is a great debate over whether cancer is a “gift” or not. Shortly after being diagnosed with aggressive Her2+ ER+ Breast Cancer two and a half years ago,  the unwanted guest in my breast I call Bertha, metastasized to my lungs.  Despite being now NED (no evidence of disease) the professionals tell me I will be in treatment for the rest of my (lusciously long, happy life). Thursday night I had the honor of serving as a judge with four other amazing […]

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Planning Your MLM Reboot

Full Disclosure:  This article isn’t really about your MLM reboot, it’s about mine.  Hopefully, by sharing my plan, it may help you create your plan, should you ever find yourself in the situation I find myself in today. My Story For the past two and a half years, I have lived with metastatic breast cancer. Understandably, my life and my MLM business have been on hold.  I’ve done what I could to support my team, but truth be told, my team has […]

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Offering Nutritional Advice for Cancer Patients

Your friend, loved-one, business associate, co-worker is a cancer patient. You know, we all know, that proper nutrition during cancer treatment is so very important.  Chemotherapy, radiation, immuno-therapy, hormone-therapy all cause a great toll on even the healthiest of bodies. You’ve heard about a herb, vitamin, tea, or fruit that may help.  Should you tell the patient? How to Offer Nutritional Advice for Cancer Patients Here is a simple 3-step approach to offering nutritional advice for cancer patients: Step 1:  […]

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Breast Cancer Survivor Called Pervert for Using Women’s Restroom

Deena Lotridge is a double mastectomy breast cancer survivor. Her friends call her a hero for the way she has shined brightly during her journey through cancer. After losing it to chemo, her hair is growing back, and is still rather short. With everything she has gone through, using a public women’s restroom should be the least of Deena’s worries. However, the recent attention to the transgender bathroom debate has resulted in unexpected consequences.  Take for instance the Texas man who […]

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Surviving Cancer

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day®. “National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.” – NCSD.org The other day, I came across a rather bitter, anger-filled blog post criticizing the movement for excluding those whose disease has metastasized. I, too, have struggled with the term “cancer survivor.”  Like the author, I am living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). For […]

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Cancer Healing Affirmations

Shortly after diagnosed with Her2+ ER+ metastatic breast cancer, I received a package in the mail from an unknown source. Enclosed was the book, Heal Your Body, by Louise Hay.  The small book, just 85 pages, includes a 62-page chart of ailments along with emotional causes plus unique healing affirmations for each ailment. I flipped to “cancer” and found the purported emotional cause: “Deep hurt.  Longstanding resentment.  Deep secret or grief eating away at self.  Carrying hatreds.  ‘What’s the use?’” […]

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