March 20, 2017
The Spiritual Power of Roosters
Hi, my name is Melanie, and I’m an alcoholic. My full time job as an addiction counselor at a world renowned treatment center keeps me on my toes. In my free time I care for my beautiful companion animal family that consists of 11 animals, with my very understanding husband. I have been sober for … Continue reading "The Spiritual Power of Roosters"
March 18, 2017
Quitting Sugar: Reflections On The First 2 Weeks
I decided to give up sugar at the beginning of March. I’m not necessarily religious, but my husband is Catholic and I usually join him in giving up a vice during Lent. Quitting sugar — or at least limiting how much we eat — has been a goal for both of us for a long … Continue reading "Quitting Sugar: Reflections On The First 2 Weeks"
October 18, 2016
Is 23andMe Worth the Hype? + How to Interpret Results
Being that I’ve had cancer, doing the 23andMe genetic testing and analysis was especially important to me, especially after my oncologist recommended that I think about genetic counseling. I decided against seeing an official genetic counselor, but I participated in an iPad study that the University of Minnesota has been conducting. The study is meant to … Continue reading "Is 23andMe Worth the Hype? + How to Interpret Results"
October 8, 2016
Why I Love San Francisco Bay Coffee
I’ve quit coffee so many times throughout the years and I recently started up again after about a year off of it. I always thought it was so great that I could kick my coffee habit, but then I realized—why quit something so harmless that truly makes me happy? Did I quit just to prove … Continue reading "Why I Love San Francisco Bay Coffee"
September 29, 2016
How to Make Carrot Juice + Juicing Tips
Carrot juice is so easy to make and it’s absolutely delicious to drink, thanks to the natural sugars found in carrots. I love this super simple carrot juice recipe because it’s quick, easy, and I always have these ingredients in the fridge. Plus, these ingredients are inexpensive, even when you buy them organic. I used to … Continue reading "How to Make Carrot Juice + Juicing Tips"
September 5, 2016
My Post-Traumatic Stress Experience
Before my mom or I had cancer, I thought that post-traumatic stress was strictly for combat veterans or people who have been victims of abuse. Even though I’d gone several years feeling weighed down by stress and anxiety, I didn’t think that I deserved such a strong title when there were other people in the … Continue reading "My Post-Traumatic Stress Experience"
August 3, 2016
Cancer Waiting Game
Waiting sucks – especially when you deal with anxiety on a daily basis. If someone doesn’t give you an answer right on time (or as soon as possible), you start thinking of all the things that could be causing the delay. Is it bad news that someone is refraining to tell you? Is it even … Continue reading "Cancer Waiting Game"
July 22, 2016
Aren’t I Too Young for Cancer?
It’s interesting how young children are diagnosed with cancer every day, but then once someone in their twenties gets diagnosed, all you hear about (or even think about) is how you’re simply just too young to receive a cancer diagnosis. Sure, many cancers are more common after age 50, 60, or even 70, but it … Continue reading "Aren’t I Too Young for Cancer?"
July 21, 2016
The Dreaded C Word
I was a lucky kid (despite spending a good portion of my young life hiding behind my mother because I was painfully shy), and at 28-years-old, I still consider myself to be incredibly lucky to this day. Growing up, not only was I unfamiliar with many life-threatening diseases or medical ailments, but most of the medical … Continue reading "The Dreaded C Word"