When you’re confronted by negativity

Life is already hard. Our human foibles make it harder. Even when you’re not in an awesome mood yourself, you can still share a genuine smile and a kind word with others.

When a friendship ends

You can handle it gracefully (hard to do) or not (easy to do). Either way, the consequences are on you, boo.

When you don’t feel like being nice

Know when it really matters to be nice? When you’re emotional and sleep-deprived and stressed and sad and somebody comes at you with an attitude.

Jen’s Chicken Spiedini

Discovered this after a sweet friend drove to my house all the way from Prosper just to make me a home-cooked meal during the height of breast cancer treatment.

To my future daughter-in-law and son-in-law

Outside of being entrusted with our own God-given children, I can think of no greater privilege than growing our brood by welcoming you into it, investing in your lives, and being present and purposeful in the future you create together.

If depression creeps in

When active treatment ends, things don’t just go back to normal (whatever that word even means).

Best anti-nausea tips

Stave off nausea with ginger chew candy, lime-infused lemonade, and comforting Earl Grey tea. And if you have to take Zofran, opt for this version, not that one!

Channel your inner superhero

Regardless of your cancer type or treatment regimen, it’s all brutal. We can get by with a little help from our (superhero) friends.

Owning the hair loss process

This is why I had my head shaved before starting chemo. When you are facing a cancer diagnosis, one of the most upsetting parts of this new reality is brought sharply into focus. Any illusion of control that you thought you had over your life is gone. You are at this weird standstill – an…

Be choosy when choosing your oncologist. Here’s why.

Your medical oncologist will be a critical part of your care team not only during active treatment but also for five to 10 years afterward. In my case, Dr. Ross is the one who bears primary responsibility for managing my treatment plan. He: Collectively these are all done to make sure there aren’t any stubborn…

Tamoxifen thoughts, so far (1 year down, 4 to go)

I dreaded starting this medicine. Article research and chatting with friends didn’t boost my confidence either. Most notably, I had stumbled upon an article about Harry Connick Jr.’s wife and former Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre. The piece noted that she’d finished her five-year Tamoxifen regimen, not without its side effects, most notably weight gain….

Essential supplies for your mastectomy

Whether the one facing this body-altering surgery is you, or someone close to you, mastectomies can be a scary and emotional procedure to think about. One way to calm the nerves is to focus on the practical ways you can be prepared for it.