Monday, February 13, 2012


Oh those little faces, are so cute! They're even wearing a Team Jess shirt - that's so rad!! This photo jumped into my email inbox, and instantly I started laughing. It made me feel like I could drink another cup of that disgusting natural chemo. There's something about laughter that settles the stomach :) For those who don't recognize them (they are getting so big), these cuties are Hazel and Owen, the sweet babies of Matt & AJ (you may remember them from Movember For Jess). Thank you for inspiring me to keep my chin up! Their gesture to make me smile completely spun me around into happiness and immediately filled me with energy. You made it so easy to keep going!

This morning I got the chance to meet with a new friend, Polly who consults with cancer patients and survivors. She partners with them, figuring out a plan of success. Recently, she asked me if I'd be interested in writing a guest blog. The topic is "advocacy." She said that I seemed like a great match. What a compliment! How fun! So, the other day I sat down at my computer and started free flowing on what advocacy means to me. It was thought provoking, and a great treat sharing my perspective. It should be up on her website in the coming days. Once it's posted, I'll share a link. For now, if you want to check out her website, it's incredibly informational and fun - there are some great blogs, check them out (Navigating Cancer button). Polly is a wealth of knowledge, wrapped in a warm, kind hearted shell. If you know someone in the Seattle area who has cancer, or is a survivor, her resources, education, and can-do attitude would no doubt help you jump to the next level of health. I can not say enough about how amazing she is.

On my way home (in typical fashion, I ran to meet Polly for tea, and ran back), I spotted this beautiful green plant. I recognized it from my mom's garden. Can't remember the name of it, but it made me think of my mom, my dad, and all of the wonderful memories we've shared on their patio. Sometimes life is just that simple, a little wink from nature can bring a smile to your face.

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