I was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 20, 2016; one month to the day after my 40th birthday. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and a 5-month reconstruction process and was forced to make crazy decisions about my body that should be reserved for Twilight Zone episodes.
I’m currently on a 10-year prescription of Tamoxifen which produces hot flashes that bring laughter to my house. One time when I had my head in the freezer (I once saw Claire Huxtable do this for relief on The Cosby Show), my son Owen said very matter-of-factly, “It’s better than cancer.” The 14-year-old speaks truth.
Through I write on a variety of topics, I love connecting with women going through the bizarre journey of breast reconstruction that affects so much more than the physical body. And if you read much of what I write, you will quickly find that I also love Jesus and being a boy mom.
I am a freelance writer, speaker, contributor for CT Women (previously known as Today’s Christian Woman) and blogger for Inspire a Fire. I have a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in English: Literary Studies with an emphasis in Journalism.
Three awesome boys call me mama, and I enjoy encouraging them to be adventurous and take risks. Cliff jumping into Lake Superior? Go for it! Teach yourself to do backflips on the lawn? By all means. You can find boy #2 flipping on his youtube channel, Flip Shots.