Why I Refuse To Give Up

Hopefully by now you are aware that I am putting on a breast cancer retreat in a few months. In reality, I understand that you may not get it. Your aunt, friend, neighbor all had breast cancer and they are just fine. Plus, with all of those pink products in the store all the time, surely, things are getting better. Why should you care about a retreat? Why should you donate to this event when there is already so much money going Read More

Welcome 2015!

I don’t know about you, but I am very happy to see 2014 come to an end. It was my first surgery free year in a long time, but I feel like I have been stuck in limbo for so very long. As you might know, I recently moved from Colorado to Austin Texas. I am loving the weather and the people and all of the amazing (and mostly free!) things to do here. But change is hard, and thanks to my Read More

Breast Cancer Retreat!

Hello everyone! I have posted about this before, but I need to bring it up one more time. This blog, Courage Is My Strength, is all personal-my story, my rants, my thoughts. Since my journey is almost over, I’m not sure what the future of this blog will be. I have started a new blog, Sisters In Scars, that will develop into a knowledge base for information about breast reconstruction and present stories from a woman’s point of view. Most importantly, I’m Read More

The “P” Word

Over the last few days there has been a lot of discussion on the private Facebook group for my Sisters In Scars website about previvors and breast cancer groups, events, and even about how survivors feel about previvors. I don’t think it’s any surprise that the survivors in my group are very supportive of previvors-most found Sisters In Scars from this website or from my YouTube channel, so everyone is pretty aware that I am a previvor. That leads to a very Read More

A Dream Come True

One of the most exciting things in life is to watch a dream come true. I am thrilled to be on the verge of watching one of my most important dreams come true right now. There is still a TREMENDOUS amount of work to make this dream come true, but I am confident that I can make this happen with the help of my friends. Pretty much since the start of Courage Is My Strength, I have hoped that one day I Read More

Is Reconstruction our Neverending Story? Yes, there’s a new problem.

I’m a child of the 80s, and one of my favorite movies was The Neverending Story. I was an avid reader by the time I was 8, and I loved that Bastian was able to enter the world of his story. But now I feel like I’m stuck in a never ending story of surgery after surgery, and just when I thought it was all over I realize that I was maybe being a little over optimistic. Ahhh. Summer. It’s been a Read More

New Routines and New Hopes

The last several days have been dedicated specifically to updating this website and getting the Sisters In Scars website the way I want it to be. I’m still searching for a new job in our new home near Austin, but until then I’m focusing every moment on these sites and the projects that go with them. While updated and checking out every old post I’ve made I got a giggle out of how often I post about weight loss. I was 125 Read More

Such a Lucky Girl

I don’t even know where to start with this post. It’s been so long since I have written on this site. I think I’ve been trying to separate my identity from Courage Is My Strength, but now I realize that not only is that impossible, it’s not something I want to do. I thought that as my surgeries came to an end that this site would end, become useless. That’s part of why I started Sisters In Scars. But every day the Read More

Check Out My New Website!

Happy Saturday to all y’all! I just wanted to make sure you remember to sign up for updates at my new website-Sisters In Scars. There are going to be some really great things coming from this new site! It’s just getting off the ground, but join now to make sure you don’t miss a minute! And to get you started, you can even read my newest post “Why I Don’t Hate Komen“. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Getting My Groove Back

Hello, my Courage Friends! I know, I’m seriously overdue in giving you an update, aren’t I? I had my DIEP flap procedure in March and then my revision surgery to fix a few problems here and there as well as the first stage of nipple reconstruction. I am so happy to be able to tell you that both surgeries were absolute successes, and after so many failures, it is amazing to feel whole again. I’m going to post more about the surgeries Read More

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