I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday - chats from @oriordanliz, exercise sessions, coaching sessions, brunch, potential eggnog and a room full of wonderful people who simply 'get it'. ⠀
See you at @trekstocks#MeetAndMove brunch 8/December. I'll be facilitating coaching sessions, if you'd like to focus on anything specific, please message me. Get your free ticket for both yourself & a plus 1 from @trekstock⠀
#dt Pray for me guys 🙏🏾 I’ve been battling Medullary Thyroid Cancer since April. Yea it’s rare it’s not much study on it yet and of course I choose to be a guinea pig. I experienced a lot of pain and loss. Everyday it’s something different whether it’s my hair is falling out or me not being able to walk or stand or not eating or drinking or me being in the ER every weekend. We take a lot of these things for granted just so you know. I learned during this journey I can choose the path I want to be on. I can choose who, what, when, where and how. I also learned that no matter do whatever makes you happy because you don’t want any regrets. In the past I have hurt a lot of people and if you was one I’m truly sorry. I only want to experience unconditional happiness and love for now on. I’m not looking for anyone’s sympathy I whether eat dirt. Just be happy y’all. Your life can change within a blink of an eye. My only testimony is to push yourself to be greater, don’t depend on anyone and follow your heart. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT’s BEST FOR YOU!!! Anyways enjoy your holidays... eat a lot, have fun and be happy 😝🤗💞 #fuckcancer 🖕🏾 #cancersucks 😒 #stillgoingstrong 💪🏾🤪‼️‼️
“We do not need magic to transform the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already”.
Well, to be honest a little bit of magic wouldn’t go amiss but I know if I dig deep there’s a whole lot of power within me...& in both of my boys.
I’ve not been counting precisely but I think in total Dylan might’ve managed approximately 3.5 weeks in school this term. He’s going in today with his booted broken foot 🙄 (after I take him to the doctor to have his flu jab) & then, if a little bit of magic comes our way he might manage the whole week...& maybe the 3 days of the following week before his next round of chemotherapy.
The cough is still there but thankfully not at night anymore (until next time 😕).
Today I’m just going to stand still & breathe a bit; there’s so much going on behind the scenes at the moment & trying to make sense of any of it is basically futile.
Watching Dylan revel in the wonderful world of Harry Potter this weekend is magic enough for me. Now I need to hone in on the power within me because I need to bring my ‘A’ game. I’m not going to lie but I do wish I had a magic wand...just for my boys.
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Today is the day we have always celebrated my remission AKA #celebrationoflife the Sunday before Thanksgiving, my family would gather all of the people that supported us through the tough years. Over the years the party has become smaller. But today @glynbman reminded me that celebration is important. We need to cherish every day, especially milestones like this. I mean, I KICKED CANCERS ASS as a 6 year old. That’s something to celebrate 🎉
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Release and let go of everything that is heavy and burdening to the Universe. Let go of your trials and tribulations to create space for the magic, miracles and abundance of the present moment. BELIEVE that you are surrounded by an abundance of angels, loved ones and all of the Masters that have walked the face of the earth. They are awaiting your command. Ask and you shall receive. Be free beautiful beloved soul. You deserve all the best that this human experience provides. You are a child of the Universe! I love you. Goddess Gloria👑✨💛💫
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REMARKABLE RESULTS‼️ A single intratumoral injection of DNX-2401 (an immunotherapy) followed by standard dosing with pembrolizumab every three weeks in patients with recurrent glioblastoma, demonstrate that a combination of the two agents is well tolerated and associated with promising survival. “I am excited by the early results of the trial. We have had some very remarkable responses. If I had not done the case myself, I would not have believed the complete response we have seen in one of our patients,” said Gelareh Zadeh, MD, Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery University of Toronto.
19 years ago our lives changed forever .. the pain of missing you is still the same..wish we could hear your voice..your laugh..see your smile..just not fair..missing you forever ..loving you always.. my beautiful nephew our guardian angel ♡ #cancersucks#missingyou
I would give anything to have a mug of hotchocolate with you right now or a stack of your famous pancakes too. almost 5 short but long years ago you left your final mark here on earth. you’ve impacted so many lives with your intelligence, generosity and beyond outgoing personality and loving soul. you were an amazing chef, dad and best friend. I will forever cherish the many things you have taught me. I will forever cherish the 14 years I got to spend with you. I miss you dad. there isn’t a day that goes by where my heart doesn’t ache because you were taken too soon. thank you for always watching over me and keeping me safe. I love you so much forever and always my sweet angel ♥️ #cancersucks#greyfilterforbraincancerawareness
Today is a reminder of the journey I have been on the past 4 years, a reminder of my growth and also just how fragile life is. It has been a taxing journey of ups and downs and more scares and constant testing. This is what stage 1 melanoma looks like and catching it early saved my life and taught me to live at the same time! I started living to be inspired and to create.
Please be aware of your body and any changes. Look out for those in your family, and get checked constantly! And .... live your life everyday as if it could change any second!
Me. Nothing about me has ever been easy or simple. So I went to go get my super cool zebra ribbon tattoo yesterday and was denied. Why? Because I have cancer and I'm on treatments and my immune system is compromised so there's too much risk of infection. Once again, nomatter how hard I try, this fucking disease has taken away something I love to do. I was seriously crushed, like the carpet was pulled out from under me. Sigh. #cancersucks#carcinoidsyndrome#netcancerawareness#neuroendocrinecancer
My schedule the past two weeks have included… • 2 Gopher Football games • 2 Gopher Football tailgates that we cooked for (that raised over $1600 for @lls_mn) • 3 Gopher basketball games • 2 LLS Meetings • 1 LLS Board of Trustees Retreat • Give to the Max Day and happy hour • SLS Thanksgiving in Hastings • Hosting a few nights • A few birthdays
Not to mention the usual work, consulting, workouts, social life, etc. Usually I'd be pretty crabby about this packed of a schedule, but you know why I'm not? LLS. @juliemcdonough made a great point at #GTMD…if you're at the happy hour, and able to be healthy and attend it…you're doing pretty well. It's true. I'm healthy, have a lot of energy, and am so grateful that I can have a schedule like I do. Don't get me wrong, Goldie and I have been like this pretty much all day, I haven't changed out of my pajamas, showered, or put make-up on and I slept 8 hours and 11 minutes last night…but feeling tired is A-Okay…being sick isn't.
Over the weekend I had the absolute pleasure of saying FUCK CANCER with @kitten006 and other great people. This woman is a fucking warrior and I’m so grateful I got to celebrate this milestone with her #fuckcancer#whatacuntofadisease
Hating cancer even more than normal tonight.
Thoughts and prayers are with a good friend as she continues to battle leukemia. My heart breaks for her and her family. 😢
#CaringForChristi 🧡🧡🧡 #cancersucks
Day 746 for #20tocrushcancer, in support of those who are battling #cancer (in any form), or who have survived it. This one hits close to home for me, as some of the people in my life deal with both the daily challenges and the medical procedures in order to get through their day. Helping to raise #awareness is one way to show that I'm looking out for you.
Take time to let those people in your life who deal with the challenges and treatments of this illness know that they are loved and appreciated. It could make all the difference in their day, and help give them the courage to work through their challenges. #letscheckonafriend
If you are seeing this post, know that you are a awesome and amazing person. And yes, you matter to me.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. For those in California, like us, the poor air quality due to fires is a sobering reminder of our lung health. With a rate of incidence approaching 1 in 16 individuals, you probably know someone who has battled lung cancer. Now is a great time to reflect on the loved ones we've lost, and a wonderful opportunity to reach out to those who are living with lung cancer.
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Are You Bringing THE FIGHT? What Are You Willing to Fight For Each Day⁉️
We all have battles we are facing. Big, small & everything in between. Which ones are most important to you?🤷♂️
Your Spot/Position on a Team✅
These are things we have to fight daily to achieve, improve, or make better👍
It’s easy to TALK about bringing the FIGHT, but it’s much harder to act on it, especially when things don’t go as planned, when it doesn’t work out...
We all know it too well...LIFE HAPPENS‼️
What do we do with these situations, challenges, or adversity we are presented with? Will we BATTLE or give in? How hard will we FIGHT to OVERCOME it⁉️
The late Stuart Scott has a PHENOMENAL book titled “Every Day, I Fight” where he talks about his FIGHT with cancer.
Most people think the majority of the book is centered around the fight directly with the disease, to beat cancer, to survive.
But the message(s) that I took away was that he focused his FIGHT on the other important things in his life. Fighting to live EVERY MOMENT to its fullest and not letting cancer take that from him‼️
Yes, he was trying to survive and live as long as he could, but he was also FIGHTING to better his relationships, tell people he cared, make them feel loved, and continue to live a normal life. The main thing I thought he was FIGHTING for is making sure cancer didn’t change how he was living‼️
Shouldn’t we all live that way, regardless of our circumstances? That’s the challenge I’m giving myself and presenting you with.
Regardless of how things are going, FIGHT for the things most important to you today, tomorrow, and EVERY DAY👊
Comment what you are FIGHTING FOR below👇
Stay Hungry and Committed To Your #craftwork 🤞
As I arrive safely home in Kentucky from another annual @hunting4thecure GA deer hunt weekend I feel so blessed as I always do. Meeting these kids and their families and to have the opportunity to spend time with them and go hunting and share stories and make memories and to smile, laugh and shed some tears. These kids are now my family and I’m so thankful God put each of them in my life. They’re my hero’s and true warriors. I always shed a few (maybe a lot) of tears on my way home from these events for multiple reasons. Bc I’m happy for the memories made, the friendships made, for their pain they go through, for their health, for effect they put on my soul. It’s not ever easy to listen to their stories and where they are in their fight with cancer but it comes easy to be their friend and to be there for them and to give them just a couple days to be normal. I truly believe my purpose in life is to touch the lives of these children but more so for them to touch mine. They’ll never know how much I love them and cherish them. I met quite a few new families this weekend but not one will ever be a stranger again. I absolutely love being part of such an awesome organization. And I’m thankful to have brought a couple more friends to help guide and introduce them to my passion for these kids! Please keep them all in your prayers as they all have their own personal battles with this horrible disease. I love my HFTC family! #huntingforthecure#cancersucks#childhoodcancerawareness#fightagainstcancer
Scrub Out Cancer will be announcing its first soap release and sale this week!!! Please visit us and share with everyone that you know so we can help ScrubOutCancer! #ScrubOutCancer#CancerSucks#HandmadeSoap
This (obviously vulnerable) picture was taken as a celebration of strength. As many of you already know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 9/21 and had a double mastectomy on 10/2. Since then, I have been navigating the barrage of tests, follow up surgeries, and treatments that follow a diagnosis like mine. I’m super not thrilled about it, and I haven’t been sure about when/how to talk about it. •
Cancer Lessons (so far):
✨I need community more than I thought I did. I’ve always loved spending time with people and considered myself to have the best friends ever, but I need extra support right now and have LITERALLY no idea where I would be without the supportive, empathetic people in my life. •
✨Cancer is stupid and life is hard. •
✨Cancer is expensive. •
✨Relationships are beautiful and important and make all the hard stuff worth it/doable. •
✨I am stronger than I thought. •
✨I am way more attached to my hair than I realized. •
✨Rock climbing is everything and I do not like it being taken away from me, even temporarily. (Who am I kidding? We knew that already.) •
✨Doing fun things/forming positive associations helps. •
✨It’s really important to be at peace with/love yourself. Not just because it sounds nice, but because hard sh*t happens all the time and you have to live inside your own head. I want to make that space home-y and inviting and accepting and safe. •
📷: @kellylemon •
💄: @makeupartist.angela (These women are amazing. Look them up.)
EDIT... Sydney is OK!! I posted this without thinking how the quote sounds. It spoke to me about her soul but I scared a few of you with it. SORRY!!
She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
This picture of my eldest child, Sydney, tells a very different story from the picture I posted a few days ago of Olivia. Many of you have seen it before and some of you have even followed us since 2015 and know the story behind it. For those who don’t, Sydney was born with Down Syndrome. She’s faced challenges from the start but in 2015 she was diagnosed with an extremely rare, fast growing and aggressive brain tumor. She then spent 7 months of her life never leaving her hospital room (except for a few trips around the hallway of her floor). It was a difficult time for my family as we were split between two states (the hospital wasn’t in Kansas) and Olivia was also recovering from a major surgery (both girls had surgery the same week). During all of this, the instagram community came together to support us in a way that just floored me. We were sent so much love, prayers, energy, light and thousands of cards from around the world urging Sydney to stay strong and know they were behind her, behind the whole family. So with the Instagram theme this week being #whpcommunity, I had to share this story again. I will never forget that kindness 🙏🏼 I also have some exciting news to share if you’ve read this far. @makeawishamerica is sending us to @waltdisneyworld in January. We are so excited and I know Sydney is going to LOVE it! ❤️
What a blessing our first day was. Izzy didn't use her wheelchair at all today -- it has been so long since she's been able to do that much walking!! She's a little achy tonight but so are all the rest of us. // Even when I'm old and grey I'll remember the matter-of-fact way she saw her world. How, after just hours into the park, she declared: 'Are all these people giving me free stuff just because I don't have hair?? This is awesome!' Blessings on you today and LIFE for Izzy.