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.

Author's posts

Talking with Someone Who Has Cancer

Healing Forest

You’d think you’d just keep on talking like you usually do 🙂 but you know, it is hard for some folks to talk with you when you have cancer because of their own fears or just because they don’t know what to say. It may also be hard for you to talk to others about what you’re …

Continue reading

How to Love Yourself (After Chemotherapy)

My Pink Flower

Adapted by Laura Revels from How to Love Yourself by Louise L. Hay Stop all criticism. Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. Sometimes by choice, and in our case, because cancer made us change and we’re doing the best that we can. Stop scaring …

Continue reading

Talking with Children about Your Diagnosis

When I was going through cancer and its treatments, I didn’t think to share my feelings or open up space for my children to share their feelings about my cancer. I was too busy being “strong” for my kids and trying to survive day-to-day, I was a single parent and I was busy trying to …

Continue reading

Don’t Quit

Clouds

Have you heard of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner? He is a biblical scholar, and I read his book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”, when I was going through treatments, and on page 44, Rabbi Kushner is analyzing the story of Job: “…God is not doing this to us. If God is a God …

Continue reading

As one season ends another begins

Autumn Walk

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson. When going through cancer treatments, you leave one part …

Continue reading

Strength and Courage

I’ve spent the last few years writing about dancing with cancer, about having courage and hope even when I didn’t feel it myself. I’ve wrote about treatments, reconstruction, depression, side-effects, fear of reoccurrence, losing friends to this #%@$ disease and hope. And now I’m writing about hope and transitioning from patient to survivor… I’m still …

Continue reading

You Have Cancer

Who knew when I was diagnosed with cancer that I would become so immersed in cancer education, advocacy and storytelling?  I knew cancer was not going to be a walk in the park but I wanted to know what that walk was like. What was I up against? Was I going to live? What about …

Continue reading

Words of Wisdom

Grassroots Healing

I am honored these two are my friends and think the world of these two, Amy and Doug Modig. Their story is the story of many of us and when we are brought up as being “unacceptable” or “less” than others, it affects us mentally, emotionally, spiritually and these impact our health, our well-being, and …

Continue reading

Honor Yourself

Beaded Bear

I don’t know about you, but when I was going through my cancer treatments, my self-esteem took a beating.  It took everything I had to go out in public because I felt so ugly and unsure of myself 🙁 I know part of this was because of the way I looked and because of the way the …

Continue reading

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day

Act With Courage

  “Cancer Forces You to Live a Different Story” I have learned when it comes to cancer and its treatments that it affects everyone differently… However it is faced, we do not get through it untouched. It impacts your life, your loved ones; it messes with your head and emotions, but we get through it. …

Continue reading