Don’t Be a Stuffer

In May 1999, as a recently engaged thirty-two-year old, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Given the two western medicine options—hysterectomy and a relatively untested drug—I opted for door number 3: an alternative juicing therapy. Six months later, however, it became clear the cancer was too aggressive and I ended up having a hysterectomy anyway. I never really wanted kids. …

The Epic Journey of Sailor

Following treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma in the 1970s I enjoyed 35 years of great health. My high school sweetheart and I married and adopted two boys from Thailand. We’ve pursued adventures without limitations and with little thought of cancer “survivorship.” Then shortly after I turned 50 a series of health issues, including a secondary cancer, began to develop. Each of …

Why We Grow for our Bros in November

Because I work in the cancer not-for-profit sector, when November rolls around each year I am often asked, “What is the difference between Movember and No Shave November?” Good question, but is it the one we should be asking? The month of November gives us a chance to think about something else: How do we build awareness within the cancer …

Camp Impacts Everyone, Including the Medical Volunteers

I have always had a strong desire to find a profession where I could help people. As a childhood lymphoma survivor, I found oncology nursing to be the perfect fit. I love being a nurse, especially for oncology patients. I am fulfilled in my job knowing that I have an opportunity to help people overcome the biggest struggle of their …

20 Years Later and Still Kicking Cancer’s Butt!

This year marks 20 years since my initial diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease, now known as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was 17 years old at the time and a senior in high school. All these years later, and I am still dealing with long-term effects and secondary cancers. I began searching on good-old Google for a getaway for cancer survivors because I …

“When I is Replaced by We, Illness Becomes Wellness!”

This quote by Malcolm X represents literally what I believe in! Togetherness is a key factor when it comes to well-being. Togetherness and the healing power of nature are exactly the two elements Epic Experience provides to cancer survivors, fighters, and thrivers. I had completed active treatment for my primary brain cancer six months prior to participating in my week-long …

Ironman Boulder 2017

June 15, 2017 In the aftermath of all of the soreness, hobbling around, and celebrating a job well done with photos, phone calls, and text messages, I’m finally sitting down to reflect on my first Ironman. 🙂 In the two days prior to the race, what I found most surprising was the overwhelming sense of calm I felt. I expected to …

Preventative Health Care Works, and I am Living Proof!

In 2014 with absolutely no symptoms, I went in for my 50-year-old preventative colonoscopy and was shocked when the results came back as stage 3-4 mantel cell lymphoma (MCL). I quickly spiraled into a nice depression while we scrambled to get a second opinion and discussed treatment options, which ranged from “wait and see” to “you are young; hit it with …

“Real living is living for others.” – Bruce Lee

By the time I found Epic Experience, I had already been an oncology nurse for approximately seven years; however, I had never witnessed oncology patients actually doing well in the outside world. The oncology nursing staff at University of Colorado had been gathered together in one of our auditoriums for a standard quarterly meeting. I found out very quickly that …

Give First and Give Often

This is my mantra and one that many of my closest friends, clients, and family live by. When we put our community first, great returns come to us in blessed ways. Epic Experience, a Colorado non-profit organization, was founded on this very principle by Nancy and Mark Ferro, in honor and consideration of their son, Michael. Through their love and …