I am a cancer education trainer, cancer advocate, and digital storyteller trainer who is is trying to help change the story of cancer in our Alaska Native and American Indian communities.

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How to Love Yourself After Chemotherapy

love yourself

When you’re going through treatments, because you’ve taken such a beating, sometimes, it’s hard to think of caring for yourself… Please be gentle with yourself, you’ve been through a lot. Celebrate you and your loved ones. I wish you peace, wellness, and strength. I found these words in an article and adapted them back in …

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Wish You Peace During the Holidays

Happy Holidays

Cancer Treatments and the Holidays: A Letter to Friends and Coworkers When I was going through cancer treatments during the holidays I tried to be as normal as possible.  Work was the one place where I could be “normal”.  At work it was easy to keep my mind so busy, it was easy to keep up …

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What about my children?

When I was going through cancer, my kids were teens. My daughter was at her first year of college and my son was starting his senior year of high school… I told them I had cancer and didn’t explain nothing about it. For this I have some regrets. I was a single parent, and I …

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Honoring Feelings

Do Not Be Afraid to Cry

Cancer is too big to do by yourself, to hold your feelings in. Cancer causes so many big emotions, then add treatments and all its side effects, you may feel out of control or overwhelmed. Honor your feelings. Connect with someone or others who can help understand what you are going through. You will get …

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Facing Loss as a Survivor

Still With You

Today I am sharing with an open heart, and with many prayers of healing and comfort to the cancer survivors/warriors/advocates who are reading today’s post. This week another friend who had cancer walked on, and this has brought me to thinking how many of us have lost friends and loved ones to this disease, and …

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Growing Pains

Grateful

Sharing Our Knowledge needs to grow into a robust online community for Alaska Native and American Indian Cancer Survivors living in Alaska. I currently am managing this resource as a volunteer and need some assistance in helping this resource grow, so I’ve started a Go Fund Me campaign to help offset some of the costs …

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Changes

change

Changes happen when you face cancer. Some are obvious, like hair loss, weight gain or loss, swelling, or being so pale – I was so pale, I almost glowed in the dark 😉 And then there are some changes that are not so obvious. The exhaustion, the emotional toll of cancer, or a weakened immune …

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Growing Pains

I am in the process of rebuilding Sharing Our Knowledge to be more of a community engagement and storytelling online community for Indigenous cancer survivors/advocates/warriors living in rural Alaska. I hope to have it grow to include other communities outside of Alaska, but for right now, this is the focus while we grow. In order …

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Quitting

It is always with heavy heart and mind, when you see someone you know going through such a hard time… Many of us have smoked, and many of us know that our health could be impacted by it. But whatever words I say, will not mean much as Michael’s. I offer up prayers to him and …

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Being Gentle

Eagle with Emerson quote

“…the greatest strength is in gentleness.” –Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA Our Elders have taught us many lessons about becoming a Warrior and how to think and act like one. We have been told about the power of gentleness. We have been told about the power of the stillness. Physical power is about effort. Mental power is …

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