Change Starts Today


Monday night in class we had a great leadership lecture! It sparked a fire inside me and I’ve done some thinking.  Actually, a lot of thinking.  Today is the day that I start becoming a better advocate for women and their health care. Today is the day that I start learning of more ways to educate women AND men about the risks of HPV.  I have a lot on my plate already working full time and going to school full time but….

I’m tired of sitting back and saying “Oh, one day I’ll do this. Or, I better wait to do this.”  I am DONE waiting around. I have spent two plus years fighting for my life and I think that’s enough waiting. I have made the decision to attend the Cervical Cancer (Cervivor School) in West Palm Florida in June. It’s true, I don’t have and won’t have a whole lot of money but this is the opportunity I have been “waiting” for.  I need this for my leadership skills more than anything and it is only going to improve my skills in the near future when I start working with the oncology field.  It is my goal to become an licensed oncology social worker who provides therapy to cancer patients and their families.

I spent some of my money I had set back for bills for the registration fee. I’ll probably have a panic attack later, I usually do, but I’ll get over it because I will be rewarded being in the presence of hundreds of cervivors and hearing their stories. It is through networking that we gain more experience! I look forward to this school!  If you will consider donating a couple bucks to help my journey to leadership, I would be forever grateful and will be giving back to the community ten fold.


A New Bucket List

  • See the Northern Lights
  • See a Broadway Play
  • Have a romantic date under the stars
  • Visit Australia
  • Spend the night in a tree house
  • Put a secret in a balloon and let it fly
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Grow old with someone
  • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Go somewhere no one knows your name
  • Visit Ireland
  • Name a star
  • Slow dance in the rain
  • Have a pillow-filled, truck and stars date
  • Make a call from a London booth
  • Say ‘yes’ for one whole day
  • Travel to Italy
  • Get tickets to Ellen
  • Visit the Walk of Fame
  • Stomp grapes
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Change someone’s life
  • Eat at Hell’s Kitchen
  • Own a classic car
  • Slow dance in the rain
  • Ride a gondola
  • Explore a castle
  • Eat at places featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives
  • Trace my family history
  • Go to the airport and buy a random flight ticket
  • Let go of a floating lantern
  • Leave a note in a library book
  • Ride or pet an elephant
  • Learn sign language
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Ride a helicopter
  • Throw a dart at a map and go there
  • Visit Paris
  • Go on a no-destination-road trip
  • Write a book
  • Ride in a horse and carriage
  • Go zip-lining
  • Finish a scrapbook
  • Learn self-defense
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Marry the love of my life
  • Go on a breakfast date
  • Become more flexible
  • Kiss at the top of a ferris wheel
  • Dedicate my life to helping others
  • Learn the tango
  • Create a time capsule and open it years later
  • Ride a double decker bus
  • Write a song
  • Pay for a stranger’s groceries
  • Travel first class

World Cancer Day


Tomorrow marks two years since my first diagnosis.  Tomorrow is World Cancer Day.  I sit here looking back at the last two years and what I’ve been through.  Today, I had my follow up scan and I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday to get my results.  I’m nervous as hell, I’m not going to lie.  In order to keep my mind off of things I’ve been doing homework, watching Netflix, and pondering making a new bucket list.  Regardless of the outcome, I will go forth and I will conquer anything that falls in my path and that is a promise!