Teva, Small Talk, and Cancer…

There is nothing like dropping the CANCER bomb to end all small talk. Telling people you have cancer is like plowing through a conversation with a Mack truck. All parties end up shocked, upset, and looking like they’ve just been run over.

Get Gritty!

Does healing have you feeling like a hamster on a wheel? Trying really hard but never really getting anywhere? Well, don’t quit just yet, even though your efforts might feel hopelessly futile, you are getting somewhere. I just finished the book Grit by Angela Duckworth, a worthwhile read for anyone looking to amp up their…

The post-treatment let down

The emotional transition from patient to person was lonely. I tried to reconnect with friends who I’d lost touch with but that too felt isolating. I found myself having a hard time relating to friends or strangers who weren’t part of my cancer story. I couldn’t connect with people who didn’t understand what it’s like to discuss treatment options, to hear survival statistics, or to have a roster of doctors on call.

Dealing with post-treatment anxiety

During a visit shortly after my treatment ended, my psychologist kindly pointed out that I was experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and that this was totally normal after a traumatic diagnosis like cancer.

The Best Anti-Cancer Diet

Once you’re through treatment and feeling more human again you might be thinking about the best ways to stay healthy and avoid a recurrence. In order to stay healthy you need a well-functioning immune system which depends on a variety of factors, one of those being healthy diet. So what is the best diet to…

What people don’t get about cancer…

What people Don’t Get about Cancer… and its not their fault…but it is still ok to get mad: What people don’t get about cancer is that you can look totally normal when you have cancer or when you’re in treatment. Sometimes you may even lose weight and look BETTER than normal but it does not…

The Supplements I Take Everyday…

Being a naturopathic doctor means I’m constantly nagging myself to take supportive supplements.While there are so many herbs and nutrients I could and should be taking, I’m not exactly the best patient (doctors never are). I do not like taking pills, just the act of it reminds me of being sick. However, I know the…

5 gifts to get someone newly diagnosed with cancer…

After being diagnosed with cancer I received many thoughtful cards, warm messages, and lovely gifts. This outpouring of love helped me know I wasn’t alone and that my friends and family cared deeply. Apart from warming my heart, some of the gifts were actually quite helpful in my daily struggles. Here are the 5 gifts…

Happy Birthday to Me…

Dear Me, You’re a week away from turning 30! Congratulations! Here is a list of your major accomplishments in the last 5 years, in random order: – Beat Cancer! – Made 12 Embryo babies! – Practiced Medicine for 3 years – Graduated Naturopathic College, got your prescribing license & IV license – Graduated with 2…

There are Type A’s everywhere…

I’ve never felt like more of a loser than in my second week of chemo while ease dropping on the women next to me. We were sitting in large clinical geri chairs, hooked up to our individual chemical concoctions hanging from IV poles that rolled nearby. It was a beautiful spring day, the soft ten…

What chemo does to your gut microbiome and how to fix it

If you’ve been on chemo you’ve likely had the shits… The poops that just won’t stop are usually related to an inflamed GI tract but even when this inflammation resolves you’re left with a more lasting problem, a dysbiosis. The gut contains a powerful collection of microbes collectively termed the microbiome (aka the gut flora).

Why I’m writing this blog…

Too many of us go through the hell of cancer treatments only to come out the other side gasping for air. We are grateful and thankful to be alive but we’re left wondering what now? How do I re-assemble the pieces of my life. How do I rebuild a purpose driven and meaningful world.