My name is Leanna, and I am a 29 year old breast cancer warrior. I’ve been through fertility preservation, chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and reconstruction, endocrine therapy and am currently working my way through targeted therapy infusions. I am also a licensed Physical Therapist, am Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, and have been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists. I have been working with breast cancer patients post mastectomy for about 2 years.Read More
This became my mantra during my cancer journey. All in all, I spent a year and 4 months of my life devoted to intense cancer treatments. Mastectomy to chemo to radiation oh my! It was all a whirlwind. It was also a LONG time to push pause on my “normal life”. I love running long distances and I found the same strategy of breaking the overall cancer journey into smaller sections made it feel more tolerable. Not only did I look forward to the next check box of completion, I made sure I gave homage and love to the milestone that was completed.Read More
The emotions that cancer brings up are often messy, confusing, beautiful, big, conflicting and at times, inconvenient. There’s not a set schedule or roadmap to follow, you can’t wrap your feelings in a neat, pretty box; they spill out at times and they hide at others. Over time and with practice, you can learn to embrace your emotions without judgement or resistance and let your emotions be sources of information. This will help you to feel more prepared for when feelings do come up and you will also be able to use your experiences to plan for potential triggers - like the start of a new treatment regimen, when you’re physically depleted, scan days, the end of treatment, and cancerversaries.Read More
I can honestly say that cancer changed my life….for the better! I had started using Young Living Essential Oils about 8 months before my diagnosis and I thank God everyday that I was introduced to them. I had started ditching and switching some of the toxic things from my life to help ward off some funk! And, had begun to switch over my personal hygiene products and cleaning products. Then I got the phone call that I had breast cancer.Read More
They say the anticipation is the best part. I’d probably have to disagree.
I can’t decide which was the worst day of my life – the day that my baby daughter died in my arms or the day I found out that she would…
Inspired by the story above, Sharing Solace is a community for those who are grieving. While we all grieve for different reasons and in different ways, the thought of hope, solace, and finding peace ultimately brings us together. Sharing Solace provides tangible, meaningful gifts for the newly grieving and an online support community... Helping you say the words you don’t know how to say.Read More
It’s one of those days. I’m on holiday break so don’t have to go to work. Plus it’s snowing... a lot... so I have no plans of going anywhere. I figured I would do a movie marathon, and make a big pot of vegetable and beef soup. The soup thing happened and it was so, so good but movie thing? It took me all day to watch one movie.
What did I do instead of laying around watching movies all day? I honestly can’t tell you because I did about a hundred random things to try and distract myself from the thoughts that have been creeping up in my mind over the last few days. Thanks, anxiety.Read More
Hi, I’m Alison! I’m a mommy, 22 year cancer survivor of a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and a holistic health coach. I wanted to share with you some tips and resources that have helped me to live a healthy life after cancer.
Cancer treatment is so hard on our bodies, and after cancer treatment our bodies are very fragile. We need to rebuild our immune system and help our bodies detox from all of the treatment. Not to mention our mental health has taken a hit - fear, anxiety, sadness, and maybe anger has taken over our minds about the future and whats to come.Read More
Christmas was always a big production for my mom. I’m talking boxes upon boxes of green, red, and white knick knacks that replaced all of the other knick knacks around the house for a couple of months each year.
Gifts were extravagant, and cookies were baked for days and then piled into little Christmas tins for the neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends. Even in some of the difficult years, while my mom was also going to chemo, radiation, or whatever the treatment was at that time, she still made an effort to keep Christmas consistent.Read More
My wife and I welcomed our first child (a son) into the world on December 31st, 2016. New Year’s Eve. My parents made the two hour trip to the hospital a couple days later to meet their first grandchild and, for a brief moment, everything in my world was completely perfect.
My dad was put into hospice care about a week later and on Friday, the 13th of January, 2017, he was gone. My son and dad will forever be linked by their start and end, respectively, in this world. I still struggle immensely with the emotions that I experienced in such a short amount of time...the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Driving back and forth between my dying dad and my new beautiful boy.Read More
Survivor Chest is officially two years old! For that, friends, I wrote you this thank you note - and included a little bonus perk…Read More
This morning while getting ready for work I was reminded of Philippians 1:6, "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."Read More
I just finished listening to Joyce Meyers this morning and her message for today was, "Don't give up in the middle."
I could've easily turned on you, Lord, when the report came back with a positive margin, or when the chemo drained me, or even right now after loosing a breast…Read More
I was diagnosed with cancer at age 20. I was in college, right before Thanksgiving, when I felt a painful lump under my left arm. After some misdiagnoses it kept growing fairly quickly, and then a few days before the New Year I got the diagnosis. Stage One, Non Hodgkins Lymphoma - I was told I had a "good" kind of cancer.Read More
I'm so excited to be launching the Survivor Chest blog!
For a long time, I have wanted Survivor Chest to not only be a place for people to buy care packages, but a way for women who have been affected by cancer to meet each other and share what they've been through. From previvors, thrivers, and survivors to caregivers and loved ones, this blog is a place for everyone.Read More