Lessons From Cancer: What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like?

photo (52)Until a few weeks ago I would not have known how to answer this question. I had the idea in my head that panic attacks only happened to people who didn’t have healthy outlets for their stress or who just let it build up to much, until it finally happened to me. Continue reading

Lessons From Cancer: The Happy Video and Mom’s Reaction

Since Mom’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis on September 27, 2014 life has been an unexpected, unpredictable roller coaster of emotions. Simply put, my mom is amazing, the best in the world hands down. Every day she finds reasons to smile, to challenge herself, to push through the pain, and remind us every day just how wonderful life can be even in the tough times. That is why I want to share the story of showing my mom the Happy video for the first time, to really show everyone just how much this meant to my mom and my whole family. This is the story….  Continue reading

Lessons From Cancer (Part 4): Patience is a Virtue

photo (43)It has been awhile since my last post and a great deal has happened since then. I will do my best to summarize the new lessons that have come to light during my family’s journey through battling cancer and continue to work to share this message for those that need it most.

First, to give you all an update on my mom’s progress in her battle against cancer… Continue reading

Lessons from Cancer (Part 2): Making a Difference (L.f.C.)


If I told you that I knew someone who ran across country, my guess is you would be impressed. If I told you I knew someone who ran across country to raise money for cancer you would probably be inspired. If I told you that I have a friend who will be running from Baltimore to San Francisco, raising money for cancer, redefining her own limits, and running to honor the special people in her life, you might think I was lying. Well let me introduce you to my good friend, Sarah Eissler who will be running across country to fund raise, motivate, and inspire with 4K For Cancer.  Continue reading

Lessons from Cancer (Part 1): Cleaning Out of Clutter (L.f.C.)

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When I first heard the words, “It’s pancreatic cancer,” come out of my Mom’s mouth through the receiver on the telephone, I was beyond words. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the next few months were going to be filled with uncertainty, tears, ups and downs, and new challenges we had never faced before. Shortly after I came to realization I also understood that with these challenges would come some of the most important lessons I have learned in my life. This brings me to the first of a series I am calling, “Lessons From Cancer,” where I will highlight the biggest lessons that cancer has brought into my life and the life of my family. My hope in doing this is one, to show anyone fighting this same fight that they are not alone. I also hope to use this difficult time to help inspire others to focus on what truly matters in life and let go of the insignificant. Ultimately, these posts will serve as a way for me to vent, share with the world what I discover, and put them down somewhere where I can always come back to remind myself of these wonderful lessons that are coming in a very difficult time. Now let’s start with… Cleaning Out The Clutter. Continue reading