Update on the Cancer Chronicles

Catchy, huh? I'm sad that I JUST came up with that. Today I heard from my doctor's office who said they are going to FINALLY have a date for me tomorrow. It's not a concrete answer, but it makes me happy/relieved/nervous/FUCKING READY TO GO to know that someone's getting my increasingly tempestuous voicemails. I'm crossing …

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Do You Know Your Enneagram Personality Type?

Most personality tests that I've taken, whether they be a valid measurement or a silly quiz about which Disney character you'd be, have inspired me so much. The major psychological personality questionnaires often argue that your score will largely be the same all your life, but I have found that to be absolutely untrue. This …

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Career Advice I Would Give to my 20 Year Old Self

The other day I realized that I will turn 30 in four months (WHAAAT?!?!) and it got me thinking about the lessons that I've learned in my 20s. I have collected many human experiences as the last decade has been fairly tumultuous for me (earning my BSW and my MSW, cancer twice, moving to Colorado, …

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Hair Talk: Why I Shaved My Head Before Starting Chemo and Why I Nixed the Wig

When I was diagnosed with recurrent ovarian cancer in 2019 and was subsequently prescribed chemo after my second surgery, I had many, many thoughts ricochetting around the expanse of my mind; however, losing my hair was not one of them. My appearance did not matter much to me in that moment, just that I was …

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Imposter Syndrome and My First Podcast Interview

Recently I was asked to join my friend, Shohreh Davoodi in her Redefining Health and Wellness podcast for an interview on my experience seeing life through the cancer lens. The episode dropped yesterday and it's brought up so many things for me to feel and sort through, the most pertinent and searing: the dreaded imposter …

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Why Getting a Puppy While Fighting Cancer Is Actually a Good Thing

When Malcolm brought up the idea of rescuing a dog from the Humane Society, my initial reaction was not a positive one. I immediately thought I can't possibly do that because of my illness. Then I caught myself and realized that the only person stopping me is myself. My default setting is I cannot possibly …

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