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3 things I wish I knew about my health pre-cancer diagnosis

Pre-cancer I was pretty good about getting most of my annual check-ups (hello cold speculum) but there are a few things I wish I would have known about my health before the lung cancer diagnosis. Things that probably weren’t a big deal pre-diagnosis but now that I’m on a cancer protocol I wish I had a baseline to compare to.

A new cancer prescription – Live Your Life

When I was diagnosed 8 months ago we had a lot of conversations around the mental challenges that came with the diagnosis. Facing fears and managing grief were a daily task, sometimes hourly. But nobody prepared me for the time when I would have to actually get on with living life. My purpose was literally survival and now it’s…living?

From brain tumor to walking a 10k – getting out of my head

You know, they say one of the best ways to get out of your head or pull yourself out of a funk is to help someone else. Or as Gretta Brooker Palmer says, “Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.”

I was the lucky recipient of these words (that seemed to appear from thin air) when I was recovering from brain surgery after a Stage IV cancer diagnosis. I was scared and worried about what the future held for me. 

Talking Midlife, Cancer, and Sobriety on the Asking For a Friend podcast

“I was working out 3 days a week with a trainer. When I got diagnosed with cancer I was in the best shape I’ve been in in my entire life. Physically, mentally, health, all around, I was in fabulous shape which is kind of shocking. You’re like how are you so healthy and in such great shape and get cancer? I don’t have an answer for that.”

My Podcast Interview on the Mocktail Mom Show!

Well this was fun! I stumbled across Deb at Mocktail Mom one night on Instagram. There she was, posting from “the great state of Kentucky!”, sharing all kinds of ways to make a mocktail and making me smile in the process. In the particular post that caught my attention she was talking about National Mocktail […]

Book Review – The Bright Side Running Club by Josie Lloyd

Guys, it’s been a minute since I’ve done a book review. Pretty sure the last time I sat down and wrote one was highschool circa 1985. If I remember correctly it was a Stephen King book which I’m sure absolutely terrified me. I haven’t read any of his book since. So bear with me as […]

Recipe: Summer Splash

While summer took a super small break (I’m saying super small because I’m telling The Universe that’s all we have time for), my Summer Splash is READY for hot days by the water. It’s a little sweet, a little tart, a lot good. My personal tip for you: batch this and pour it for all […]

Recipe: Iced Thai Tea Limeade

Ingredients ½ cup iced Thai tea (I recommend this brand) ½ cup coconut milk (full-fat) ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk ½ cup Lime juice Instructions Make Thai tea according to package instructions. To a tall glass filled with ice, add the Thai tea, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, and lime juice. To make it better: […]

Recipe: Blueberry Mint Spritzer

This season we decided to put a spin on our usual Marnie Rae mocktail recipes–three versions: good, better, best! So as you go through some of the recipes this month (new ones will be released every Thursday, just in time for #ThirstyThursday), take note of the differentiations in the recipes to see how you can […]

Recipe: Frozen Avocado “Margarita”

Ingredients: • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted • 2 cups ice • 4 ounces fresh lime juice, plus wedges for garnish • 4 ounces fresh orange juice • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves •pinch of salt Instructions: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Pulse until smooth. Serve […]