In the Arena: This Day, Every Day

Without a doubt, one of my favorite speeches, the 'Man in the Arena' speech, was delivered by Theodore Roosevelt on April 23, 1910, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. While I have many thoughts about September as it draws to a close today, I am choosing to use Roosevelt's words instead of my own. "It … Continue reading In the Arena: This Day, Every Day

Survivorship Awareness AND Action Ribbon: What Color?!

As the end of September quickly approaches, I find myself wondering if there were a survivorship awareness AND action ribbon, what color would it be?! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the greatest threat to our health and wellbeing is our lack of knowledge regarding our risk for potential late [side] effects … Continue reading Survivorship Awareness AND Action Ribbon: What Color?!

Strong, but Exhausted

I received a text message today from a young adult survivor of Hodgkin's Disease that I met years ago when I spoke at a conference on cardiac late effects. He became a friend-faithful. His text read, "Steph, I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of how strong you are and the difference … Continue reading Strong, but Exhausted

Unsettling

So, I have had an unsettling month. As most of you know, I lost 2 members of my extended family within 12 days last month, and I am starting into September with an empty cup on the one hand and a passion-filled heart on the other. From my heart, It's unsettling to me that there … Continue reading Unsettling