How to Live in Technicolor: Cancer, Tori Amos & Taking a Journey πŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯ŠπŸŽ—πŸŒˆ

Twas' the night of my first chemo to treat lung cancer (non-small cell) and I was all hopped up on steroids. Impulsively, I booked a bucket list trip abroad for a Tori Amos concert.

One Woman’s Hair History: From Bald to Mullet, Back to Bald πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈπŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘©πŸ§‘β€πŸ¦³πŸ‘„

I've lost my hair rendering me bald, not once but, twice in my lifetime.Pictures document my hair loss and gain over the years.

Lung Cancer Scare & Texas Power Outage πŸ˜­β„πŸš«πŸ”ŒπŸš±

During the recent Texas power outage & winter storm, I thought I might have lung cancer. Doctors found a mass on my lung. Yesterday, I learned that the mass is benign. I'm still going through testing and figuring out my treatment because a benign mass on my lung remains an issue, but at least it's … Continue reading Lung Cancer Scare & Texas Power Outage πŸ˜­β„πŸš«πŸ”ŒπŸš±

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).

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.

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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Read about Jennifer's unbelievable journey that started in 1991 at age 14. Jennifer has overcome three different cancers: bone, breast and lung (all years apart and distinct). Ultimately, chemo as a teenager resulted in a heart transplant. Transplant was an intense journey, as Jennifer's mother also had ovarian cancer at the same time. Jennifer's mother lost her battle and died while Jennifer was recovering from breast cancer surgery. At times life felt unbearable for Jennifer. Now at age 45 in 2022, this difficult journey continues with blood clots and organ rejection.

This post is Jennifer's story.