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 …

The Epic Journey Continues

I first heard about Epic Experience from a good friend, Bobcat, who had attended a winter camp in 2016. She had so many positive things to say about her adventure and recommended that I apply, so I did. As the week of winter camp approached, I was anxious (who leaves behind their family to go and hang out with a …

Two Dudes and Seven Chicks ~ An Epic Week!

When I meet another cancer survivor, I rarely feel as if I’m meeting a stranger. Why? Because there are no strangers in the cancer community. Before words or histories are shared, we already understand. We get it! I was overly excited about meeting men and women with whom I shared a story. Before I’d spent time with any of them, …

Seizing the Moment

Once cancer comes into your family and you have to face it alongside a loved one, your perspective in life tends to change—at least I know it did for me when my brother, Michael, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. At the time of Michael’s diagnosis, we were both still in college at Regis University; he was a senior and I …

You Never Know How You’ll Touch Someone’s Life

On the morning of Oct. 10, 2016, I opened Compass and read a story about agent Scott Hood (D-047, Hartford, Wis.) that changed my life. Okay, I have to go back a little to explain. 2016 was not my favorite year. In March, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Pretty big blow! I have gone through a series of treatments including hormone …