November 01, 2011

November 1st - Day One of Lung Cancer Awareness Month

I hope everyone is well, I have many things to touch on today, so here it goes!!

As many of you already know, my nonprofit is getting off of the ground fairly quickly, the website is officially up, but under MAJOR construction at the moment. However, please check it out and consider joining our gift program, the information is all there, it's just not completely organized and perfected yet.
You can check out CancerScore Today By Clicking Here Thank you in advance for your support and help.

Today also is November 1st! Where did the year go? November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Christine Dwyer, who happens to be my Media Relations Director for CancerScore Today (and is doing a fabulous job!) has an organization called Make Some Noise For Lung Cancer Awareness. Her website can be found by clicking Here

Christine has her hands full this month, as her organization is sponsoring Illuminate The Falls for Lung Cancer Awareness. On Wednesday, November 16th, from 8:15pm and again at 9:15pm (Eastern Standard Time) Niagara Falls will be illuminated with white lights in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In addition there will also be links for the live feed of the falls that night so EVERYONE can witness the event. The Live Feed Links are posted below. Check out the EVENT PAGE as well as the Story that was featured on by clicking on these links: The EVENT PAGE and THE ABOUT.COM ARTICLE Please check out these links and help support Lung Cancer Awareness & Christine! The facebook page for Make Some Noise For Lung Cancer Awareness can be accessed HERE

All of the Links:

Make Some Noise for Lung Cancer Awareness Website
Facebook Page for Make Some Noise for Lung Cancer Awareness
The Event Page for Illuminate the Falls
The Article about Illuminating the Falls

The Live Feed Links to Watch as Niagara Falls is Illuminated November 16th at 8:15pm and 9:15pm

I will be posting more about CancerScore Today very soon. In the meantime, please go to the event page and support Christine's cause, and check out how neat I know Niagara Falls is going to look!!! Support Lung Cancer Awareness!!!

October 28, 2011

My Bucket List Continued....

Have a bowl of Captain Crunch

Buy a star and have it named for someone

Ride an Elephant

Plant a Tree

Get your hair Cornrowed

Make Your Own Beer

Dye your hair

Throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi in Rome

Finish a dissertation

Ride a gondola in Venice

See a live performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Take a helicopter ride over NYC

Go wine tasting in Sonoma County, California

Change my first name

Learn Sign Language

Roast Marshmallows in my backyard

Make Paper Dolls

Fly a Kite

October 27, 2011

So, Change of Plans... I'm making it to Vegas...

Leaving tomorrow. Enough said. So happy and relieved that I get to go!

October 17, 2011

I Figure It's Time to Check in and to Add Some New Bucket List Items :)

I hope everyone is doing well. I've had crazy doctor appointments this last week and ended up finding out I have Lymphedema in several spots, so I will begin treatment for that. But hey, it's not cancer, right? I'm counting my blessings.

So here's some updated bucket list items:

Smoke a BIG FAT cigar
Rearrange all the furniture in my living room
Leave my umbrella and take a walk in the summer rain
Have someone else clean my place from top to bottom
Build a Birdhouse
Talk a Cop out of a ticket (I've done this a bazillion times, lol)
Watch a baby being born
Wear a fez, turban, or fedora (Thanks to John "Shockey" Komorowski)
Read or listen closely to King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Perform a citizen's arrest
Re-think my stance on abortion
Plan the perfect April Fool's Day prank
Win an Argument
Let someone else win an Argument
Adopt a Greyhound
Drive a Maserati
Call my Mother
Get Call Waiting
Get Rid of Call Waiting

"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right". ~Mary Kay Ash

October 06, 2011

Things Cancer Has Taught Me...

This may be another one of my ongoing "lists" because I know I'll miss lots of things cancer has taught me in just one post Anyway, today I just feel like taking a little time to remind myself some of the things I have learned from cancer. Some of the things I still tend to forget, even after going on 4 years of battling this horrible disease. In order to stay hopeful, I think it's important to keep some of these "things learned the hard way" in front of your mind, not in the back where they are simply forgotten until another rough day comes around.

Yes, cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a 21 year old, however, I wouldn't trade in the experience for anything. It has made me the person I am today. Cancer has taught me true determination and how to reach deep inside of myself when I thought I had nothing left to give, and to find the strength and will somewhere in myself. It has taught me that I can do and accomplish anything.

1. The first thing I realized and said to myself after I processed and accepted that yes, I did have cancer and there was no more denying it was "Well, Crap. I guess I'm not really as indestructible as I thought, this can happen to me". I think everyone, whether they admit it or not, at least on the surface, believes that nothing will happen to them... it's always someone else, until it happens to you. I realized that I am not guaranteed another 50 years in this world and that I have to live every day for that day, not for the future, or in the past, but for TODAY. Each day is a gift.

2. Cancer has taught me to LOVE and TRULY appreciate my family, for everything they are, everything they have done, and everything they have done. I would never, ever have made it this far without them. They cry for me, they pray for me, they visit me, they make me STRONG.

3. Cancer has taught me to truly TREASURE my life I guess this is similar to number one, but it's taught me the value of life. It has taught me to be THANKFUL that I have the ability to walk around, go shopping, attend school, have a few drinks with the best friends I could ask for, to truly be able to LIVE.

4. Cancer has taught me that LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.

5. I have learned who my TRUE friends are, and the friends who were never friends, I have slowly learned how to let go of the people who were not true friends, no matter how badly it may have hurt at the time. The people who matter in my life know it, and to me that's all that matters.

So yes, I want to get this up and posted, I've worked on it a while now. I have decided it definitely is going to be ongoing, because I can already think of more things I have learned from cancer on my journey, I don't want to get to lengthly either though, so be watching for additional posts

As always, love & hope,


October 05, 2011

Latest Bucket List Items.....

Sit in First Class 

Have a truly amazing one - night stand ..... (Is this even possible??) Kidding...

Buy a $100 bottle of wine and share it with your oldest friends (Does this mean age, or length of friendship??...Again... Kidding :) )

Have a local restaurant deliver breakfast in bed for two

Send someone a "just thinking of you" card

Have your palm or tarot cards read

Walk on the beach in winter

Don't save for a few days (who HASN'T done this??)

Order myself a birthday cake 

It's been a rough day....and insomnia has gotten the best of me. So tired, but just can't sleep. Lots to do though, so I guess it can be a good thing. Definitely have lots of very good things going. Excited about a lot that is coming up. A more lengthy update later in the day.

Love & Hope,


October 03, 2011

Lots and Lots of Great Things Going On!!

First Things First, some new and important Bucket List Items:

Attend Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball in Las Vegas - Will be accomplished this year! Have the plane tix and Event Tix.... now for the perfect costume. This party is rated the #1 Halloween Party in the world, and one of the top 10 parties in general. I cannot WAIT! Not to mention, it's in Las Vegas....Check it out Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball Site

Jump off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas - Also will be accomplished at the end of the month... LOVE Vegas! Check it out Here: Sky Jump Las Vegas Site

I have the BEST friends in the world, and I consider myself so, so, so incredibly lucky.

Next, my non-profit organization is coming along, slowly, but surely. Thanks to many people, I will be able to launch it soon, even if the initial website is just a blog temporarily. More details about the mission of the organization, etc. coming very soon.