What You Should Know For Melanoma Awareness Month

Each May, I feel a strong pull to inform sun-lovers (and those who would rather stay inside) of the importance of being aware of melanoma’s warning signs. This post is one that I offer yearly, just as the summer activities get underway. It’s important information that can save your life. Melanoma is on the rise. […]

Managing Breast Cancer as a Chronic Disease?!

Um, what? Yes, you read that right: managing breast cancer as a chronic disease. If you have ever been diagnosed or know of one who has, you died a little inside, right? Or flipped off your screen, which was exactly my initial response. You can take the gal outta West Texas… Let’s look a bit […]

When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

I’m writing this late on a Friday afternoon, while drinking a cold beer in celebration (NOT DRUNK!) and thinking of the week ahead and the milestone I’ll pass. I’m overwhelmed in emotion, sitting here, pounding out the words that foretell of my very near future, trying like hell not to cry, again. What has me […]

Post-Breast Cancer Treatment Collateral Damage

My public journey through breast cancer is well-documented on this site.  (Key the words “breast cancer” into the search bar and you’ll find the posts.) Today, I’m yapping about the collateral damage that can accompany a diagnosis. You know, cause having breast cancer is just. not. hellish. enough. To start, when newly diagnosed, you focus […]

Melanoma Awareness Month: Check Yo’Self!

As a melanoma survivor, I feel a strong responsibility to share this post every year. It’s important information that can save your life. Melanoma is on the rise. This is a scary cancer (aren’t they all?), as it can be tough to treat. Don’t mess around if you think you see changes in a mole […]

Do Not Be Misled: I Was Scared Sh*tless

Caveat: Vulgarity ahead, yet used contextually, with brutal honesty. For those of you who might be offended by coarse language, head’s up: I’m passing along my unvarnished truth without a naughty language edit, hence, HENCE!, the warning. Cancer. If ever there was a word that could scare us shitless, it’s that one. Literally and figuratively, […]

Miaderm Radiation Relief Cream

Cancer treatment can hurt, but you can incorporate tricks, tips and products that might help you get to the other end as painlessly as possible. ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you support the blog at no cost to yourself. […]

When Everything Revolves Around Poop!

Yep. Poop. Young mommies know what I’m talking about. I see you nodding. Older folks know what I’m talking about. I see you nodding. When I was traveling the unpaved, trip-you-up road of chemo, poop became a constant topic of discussion, because it’s directly related to good health, directly related to how well a body […]

What If I Hadn’t Gotten The Good News I’d Prayed For?

When one gets a medical diagnosis that runs on the scary side, meaning your life is endangered, one works diligently to get to the good side of that diagnosis, if possible. Garry and I knew from the beginning of my diagnosis, based on information we were given, that we might not get to the good […]

Cancer Kind

Maybe you have heard this phrase before: cancer kind. A friend said it to me in reference how well those with cancer are treated, wherever they go. As a person still undergoing treatment for cancer, whose hair has yet to return, I can verify this is a phenomenon. Countless times people have been cancer kind […]