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Pink Party Power: Poured Into to Pour Out

As we bring another Breast Cancer Awareness month to a close, I’m remembering… Cindy. Seven years ago, just a few days before my scheduled preventative bilateral mastectomy, a woman I hardly knew named Cindy Kreidel threw me a “Pink Party.” Complete with encouraging gifts, delicious snacks, heartfelt prayers, and an unforgettable, side-splitting skit involving pairs […]

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Breast Cancer is Scary

Breast cancer is scary. Waaaay scarier than ghosts or goblins. This fall marks the 5-year anniversary of my positive test for the genetic mutation for breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA2, and my preventative double mastectomy. And as we wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness month today, I want to pay tribute to my friends and family

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Neighborhood Kids & the Danger of an Open-Door Policy

It’s dangerous to have an open-door policy. Not to mention messy. I spy a pair of dirty, yellow socks under the couch in the living room and pop them into the washing machine with another load of clothes, then set a lonely tennis shoe on the front porch and pick up the granola bar wrappers

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When You’re Angry

As we continue through Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we turn the pages of my new devotional, The Faith to Free-Fall, past the first chapter, “Shock,” to the second chapter- “Anger.” Though I wrote this devo specifically for women anticipating undergoing a mastectomy, I believe we’ve all been angry at times when things haven’t turned out the

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My Interview with “Red”- a Corner Newspaper Salesman

My trunk is full of groceries as I pull up to the corner and turn on my blinker. Out of the corner of my eye I see a man standing near me, leaning on a cane, wearing a black coat and a hat to ward off the cold wind. He’s selling newspapers for $1. I

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Scary Risks

Tonight marks the end of October and the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s also Halloween. One of my sons panicked this morning, “I don’t know what I’m gonna be yet, Mom!” He thought for a second. “You know I just want the candy, right?” Yeah, I know. But the only way to get

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