Summer. Rijks Museum, Amsterdam.
We go through A LOT of ice in this house!! Between 3 superfoods shakes being made DAILY and all the H2O that's consumed, our ice maker is on overdrive. ❄️❄️❄️ Well...it finally decided it had enough. 😳So, until it's fixed (if that's even possible) or we get a new fridge, I'll be stocking up on as many 5lb bags of ice that I can fit in the freezer. 👌🏻
Although every story is different, when you are affected by #cancer there is always a ‘pre-cancer’ life and a ‘post-cancer’ life. Things that defined you ‘pre-cancer’ no longer seem to describe you in your 'new normal'. And that’s okay because YOU get to define #survivorship for yourself. But, as I approach my 10 year #cancer versary, (🎉) I choose to reclaim and redefine parts of my new normal. So, if you try to get in touch with me, I may not be able to respond because I will be fishing for salmon, or on a glacier cruise in Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay, or hiking Flattop Mountain, or maybe I will be kayaking in Resurrection Bay. Wherever I am, I will be celebrating life and health with my family and I will be reclaiming parts of me that got lost along the way. Follow along here and on Facebook (@alliward ) as I #GetBusyLiving on my #Alaskapalooza !
Just a happy "hello". Cheers All! Hope you discover unexpected blessings today. ~Thrive Anyway
Summer has arrived in the PNW!! @skittlesthemaltipoo and I are keeping cool resting in the shade. Still in recovery mode from my Rituxan infusion on Monday - whoa, my body does NOT like that stuff!! Way worse reaction than chemo 🤕 Oh, you want to know what I'm reading?🤓 Practical Paleo second edition by @dianesanfilippo !! She has a cancer recovery meal plan that I am going to implement now that I have #nomorechemo !! Thanks Diane!!...#mycancerjourney #summerinthepnw #pnwgirl #lifeinthepnw #cancerthriver #stayingstrong #pdx #paleochangedmylife #stage 4nonhodgkinslymphoma #practicalpaleo
If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it......I'll be honest. I'm a bit unsure about hiking the TCT or TransCatalina Trail starting Sunday. Even Mt. Whitney didn't intimidate me like this Trail is. And while I've done all the possible prep I can do, this one still has me like.... oh sh*t. And I know it's a mind game. And I'll come out the other side as "hell ya!" But some of the greatest experiences always start with a little fear. ...#optoutside #todsl #itsawonderfullife #hikelikers #unlikelyhiker #natureheals #mylifemyway #adventureisoutthere #liveauthentic #livebrave #getoutdoors #lifeisgood #hiking #naturejunky #peoplewhohike #girlswhohikeLA #betherad #addictedtotrails #getoutdoors #liveyourlife #tct #forceofnature #cancerthriver #cancerwontstopme #workinprogress #travelhikerepeat #wildandfree #peoplewhoadventure
Soweto street art. I'm in a reflective mood... in the past few weeks, we were in Paris and Versailles. We went to Robben Island. I participated in a conference on resilience, where the resilience of people living through all manner of adversity was explored. I heard stories of courage and tenacity. Of poverty, conflict, violence, injustice. I heard stories of one of the two paediatric oncologists in Baghdad. Of a South African region of 8 million people... with not one oncologist serving in the public health system. Then we went to a luxurious safari lodge, followed by a tour of Soweto today. We went to the Hector Pieterson memorial and the Regina Mundi Church. I have moved in and out of worlds privilege and poverty, racism, advantage, injustice and suffering. Yet... the human spirit prevails. Resilience.
Whoop, there it is!! 🙌💪👊💥 Epic props and high fives to @emilyroseamador for finishing #chemo ! (Epicness by Emily. Shirt by #StupidCancer .) ・・・Poster says it all...today is my LAST CHEMO! I've been waiting for this day since January. Today marks the end of the hard part and I'm praying for only good things from here on out. We want to make sure that the cancer is ALL GONE AND NEVER RETURNING! Follow up scans and tests will be the next steps. I am hoping to squeeze in a trip to my hometown to spend time with my family and friends who have supported me during this journey from thousands of miles away. Radiation won't start for another month or so, and I'm happy about that. Need to regain my energy, get rid of these bags under my eyes, boost my blood counts back to normal, and wait for my baby hairs to grow in. God is good and has amazing plans for me ahead. Can't wait for what life has in store for me after this chapter is complete! #lastchemo #hodgkinslymphoma #cancerfree #survivor
Friday of week 1, was one of the roughest days I've had since I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2014. I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon and was devastated to hear the news that there was a possibility of a cancer reoccurrence. My world shattered into pieces yet I somehow found the strength to carry on with my day. Later that day, I also found out my cousin had passed away unexpectedly. This combination of bad news broke me. I was not able to concentrate or carry on with my life for the next couple of weeks. My sole focus was on getting my scans taken care of while simultaneously grieving the death of my cousin. Thankfully, the scans showed that there was no evidence of disease. I honestly expected this quarter to be one of my worse quarters at UCSD but I somehow managed to get my first 4.0 of my college career. I attribute this quarter's success to my boss who completely changed my perspective on my situation and told me, "sometimes you can surprise yourself" and surprised I was. A huge thank you to those who were there for me when I needed you the most. Last but not least, FUCK cancer! #CancerThriver 🎗
Compost Tea is amazing and #organic , which is the only way to go when it comes to #fertilizer !! ...#chickenpoop #composttea #organic #organic fertilizer #greenthumb #freefertilizer #homestead #backyardfarm #backtoedengarden #pnw #diy #fromscratch #homeschool #holisticcancerliving #cancerthriver #stayathomemom
A little #garden therapy this morning. I can't believe how huge my #angelica plant has grown and our cabbage plants look super healthy!...#backtoedengarden #paulgautschigarden #attractbees #savethebees #cabbagepatch #greenjuice #greenthumb #garden therapy #letthyfoodbethymedicine #organic #backyardfarm #homestead #pnw #holisticcancerliving #cancerthriver #homeschool
"Cancer survivorship is an art; and the art of your survivorship is how you choose to get busy living. This is who we are. We are one community. We are hundreds of thousands strong. We are changing the rules. We are Stupid Cancer!" @kellymirags doing #StupidCancer 's Manifesto proud! 💪#GetBusyLiving
This is my 'cancer ain't always glam' moment. I know I post a lot about how fabulous life with cancer is, and it is true; I have thrived with cancer because it has taught me so many valuable things, and made me enjoy an authentic life lived with passion. But that's not to say that the challenging times aren't equally as important, without dark there can be no light, and with no pain there can be no happiness. Today I got so out of breathe walking to my local cafe I had to get a taxi home. I could only laugh. I have had a very physically challenging few days in hospital and now out, sofa-ridden, and seen my body deteriorate in ways I didn't think possible, but I see the beauty in it, because it is my journey, and it makes up every fibre of me. The poison goes in, the love shines out! I am untouchable. NO FILTER NEEDED ;)
A lion never looses sleep over the opinion of sheep, unless he is a very self conscious lion and has an extreme problem with anxiety/insomnia.. in which case he needs to work on himself. 🦁🐑 @dorothycombsmodels #filtered @rafyclem 📸 @alyssalorrainehairmua Lingerie @playfulpromises #model #elly #elly mayday #photoshoot #plusmodel #cancerthriver #curvywomen #curvyfashion #playfulpromises #dcm #miami #nyc #usamodel #curvemodel #lingerie model #lingerie #blonde hair #blonde #blindebombshell #agency #curves #curves aresexy #bodylove #beauty #beauty marks #dorothycombsmodels #rafyclem #alyssalorrainehairmua
Exactly how I choose to live my life 😊Each day truly is a blessing. I am grateful to be able to move my body, eat healthy, have the energy to play and keep up with my very active boys, while going through rads and chemo. To all my warriors out there keep thriving, keep smiling and don't let anything bring you down! Remember where there is a will there is a way😊#fitmom #fitness #kickingcancerwithfitness #cancerthriver #wellnesswarrior #thrive
On our drive to the airport, rhinos and giraffes came to check us out and say goodbye!
A safari drive after dark. Watching our guide and tracker spot, stop and lift a small chameleon out of a leafy tree in the dark was impressive.
Thank you so much 😘Stephanie & Bruce @roselle_to . I'm so excited to kick off our fundraising tours tomorrow for @yacancercanada . Our guests will be extra delighted to have your 🍪🌈🍪. #foodcommunity #foodfamilyandfriends #thankyou #entrepreneurlife #ladyboss #kensingtonkrawl #kensingtonmarket #givingback #fundraising #youngadultcancer #cancerthriver #cancersupport #cancerawareness #toronto
Love, love, love South African flowers!!! Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.