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.