Triple Good News

Last week’s Komen Lunch for the Cure that I attended raised $132,000!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, containing my cancer writing group story The Ten Best Things, is now available on Amazon( , at and presumably also at your favorite bookstore. I was excited to receive my contributor copies last week!

My streak of good luck seems to be holding. My story, The Eyes Have It, took first place in the Write On! Online October Challenge. ( What made this an extra special win for me, was that I was writing outside my comfort zone, trying my hand at fiction instead of non-fiction.

I Am The Cure

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Almost three years out from my breast cancer diagnosis, I decided it was time to give back. I spent this morning volunteering at the I am the Cure booth of the Portland Komen Health Expo, held in  the Oregon Convention Center.

Through talking  for hours with both long-term and more recently diagnosed breast cancer survivors, co-vivers, pre-vivors, and many, many concerned others, I was privileged to be able to partner with a wonderful organization and share many stories of hope, courage, determination, and acceptance in the face of loss. It was a truly empowering experience!

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Another story published in the Oregonian

For a long time now, I’ve been meaning to submit an essay for the My Turn section of the Oregonian. Well, I finally did it it!  “Writing group inspires breast cancer survivor” appears in the Washington County Weekly section of today’s Oregonian.

For you non-Portlanders, the piece also appears online on OregonLive with the somewhat more provocative title “Breast cancer survivor finds healing through reawakened passion”. 🙂

Almost There!

I am very happy to report that due to generous donations from my family and friends, I am 98% of the way to reaching my fundraising goal for Komen for the Cure. Be the one to push my thermometer over the top! Visit my personal Race for the Cure page and click above the thermometer to make a contribution on my behalf!

Let’s work together to make this a world free of breast cancer!

Cancer Lessons Story Published in The Oregonian

This morning, I was delighted to find, upon opening the Race for the Cure special pullout section in The Sunday Oregonian, that right there on the top of page 11 was my “What I Learned” cancer story. It can also be found on the webpage:

I must say, though, if you can get ahold of a print copy, do. The online version somehow removed the bullets from each of my points and ran them all together. 🙂 Still, the content is all there!

Komen Race for the Cure on September 20, 2009

This will be the 6th consecutive year I am participating in the Race for the Cure, and the 3rd year as a survivor. Please join me in supporting the Komen Race for the Cure by making a donation on my behalf. I am attempting to raise funds for 5 mammograms, and I am almost halfway there! Visit my personal Race for the Cure page for more information and to make a donation: