I have lung cancer, seriously wtf. πŸ™„πŸ˜‘😭😀

I was diagnosed last week with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). I'm told of all the types of lung cancer, NSCLC is the "best," most treatable type of lung cancer.

Setbacks After Heart Transplant πŸ™„ & Seeking Joy πŸ’— (Originally Published in November 2016).

I originally wrote this 4 years ago in November 2016 as a Facebook post. Trump had just been elected and I was 9 months post heart transplant and experiencing a series of setbacks: back to living 3 hours away from home, so that I could be near the transplant hospital, healing from a Grand Mal … Continue reading Setbacks After Heart Transplant πŸ™„ & Seeking Joy πŸ’— (Originally Published in November 2016).

The Day I was Officially Listed on the Heart Transplant Wait List β€πŸŒˆπŸ¦„

A 4 year update, since the day I was list on the Heart Transplant Wait List. "As of today at 4:26:05 CST I'm officially on the β™‘ Transplant List! I'm excited because I've given blood, sweat & tears since mid-June to this process, so I'm relieved. I'm also fearful. Mixed emotions-today is a big day. I'm so grateful to you for your ongoing support. I need it!"

My 5 Tricks of How I Deal with Pain… πŸ’ͺβ€πŸ©πŸ–

As a heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor, I have experienced intense physical pain and prolonged mental anguish. I have a few tricks I use to endure pain and I will share them with you. I hope it brings you some measure of relief.

Breast Cancer: So Many Decisions, What Should I Do?

Dear Breast Cancer Patient, Are you trying to decide between lumpectomy vs mastectomy? Unilateral vs bilateral? To have reconstruction or be flat chested? It's fucking overwhelming. I can't tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I did. I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) only three months after my … Continue reading Breast Cancer: So Many Decisions, What Should I Do?

My Election Seizure of 2016

Travelling is always so much fun...

I woke up to doctors and nurses hanging over me, telling me I had dislocated my shoulder and then mercifully I heard, "push Ativan," and my light went back out. The night before the US elections, in which Donald J Trump became President, I had a Grand Mal Seizure. I never had a seizure in … Continue reading My Election Seizure of 2016

Getting the Call: Heart Transplant & Uber

I am often asked, β€œwhere we’re you when you got the call for transplant?” For months I was vigilant, perhaps hyper-vigilant with answering my phone. Nothing would prevent me from picking up an β€œunknown” call, not even the sacred space of the movie theater was going to cause me to miss the call for a … Continue reading Getting the Call: Heart Transplant & Uber

A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers

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At 15 years old, I had bone cancer and one of the chemo drugs gave me heart failure. At 39 years old, I had a heart transplant. Four months after my transplant, I discovered I had breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy, then weeks later and just 2 days before my 41st birthday, my … Continue reading A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers

F*ck was my favorite word as a 15 yr Cancer Patient

During my first bout of cancer, I was a horrible, rotten no good teenager. This is one tale of my defiance during a Chemo treatment. Now at 42 years old, I reflect on this time with raucous laughter and embarrassment.