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Why Do Cancer Patients Give Up?

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Right around this time last year, a doctor gave me the hard, awful truth–that I had a 1 in 5 chance of being alive in 5 years.  I remember looking at her incredulously, and totally dismissing her entire conversation.  After all, except for the very recent abdominal pain that I had experienced, I felt FINE–the pain was ONLY from my Mexico trip.  I thought to myself, “This chick is CRAY.  I will be alive in TWENTY years. I will be alive in ONE HUNDRED years.  YOU must not know ’bout me.”

But then, I met a few women on the same journey as me. Read more »

Julie Bowen Dishes on Planes: Fire & Rescue

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One of the highlights of my recent trip to Los Angeles was meeting Julie Bowen.  She’s the actress who plays the flirtatious Dusty in the new Disney movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue.  Julie is probably best known for her role on Modern Family, but she’s also done stints on other television programs, like Lost and Boston Legal.  I also loved her in the romantic comedy, Jumping the Broom.  As I found out when I took my turn in the voice over booth, voicing an animated movie is NOT easy. This chick does an amazing job with it, though.

Julie actually sat with our group of bloggers and talked about everything under the sun.  Here’s some of what she said–

*on how different it was to do Planes, as opposed to Read more »

I’m Going TEAL This Week!


Later this week, as part of my Advocacy Leader duties with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, I’ll be attending the 16th Annual Ovarian Cancer National Conference.  I’ll be learning what’s new in the world of ovarian cancer, getting tips for living with cancer and connecting with my fellow survivors, as well as researchers, advocates and health professionals.  The cool thing about getting together with other survivors is that we ALL rock teal (our cancer color) the entire time.

I did a short training session back in March, so I only needed a few items.  This time, I’m going ALL the way out!  Here’s some of what I’m taking with me:

Due to an unfortunate incident Read more »

I Am Not My Hair!

My Black is Beautiful

So, about 3 years ago, I made a impulse decision, less than an hour before I was to leave for the airport to go on a press trip.  I saw some scissors laying on my desk and just cut all of my hair.  I didn’t just cut it short, I cut it down to where I couldn’t grip it with my fingers.  I ended up stopping at a barber on my way to the airport.  After that, I never really looked back.  I prefer my hair to be cropped WAY close, but when I can’t find time to get to a barber, I end up with a couple inches.  Here’s what I looked like– Read more »

I’m Going to Camp!

summer camp

Yep, you heard right.  I’m heading up to the Tampa area soon for a retreat with other women who are cancer survivors.  It’s put on by a wonderful organization called Faces of Courage and they’ve promised a weekend full of things like kayaking, drumming, makeovers, archery, tie dying, etc.  Now for those of you who are sitting there and shaking your heads right now, this isn’t Camp Camp, but rather camp camp–there are air conditioned cabins, indoor plumbing, etc.  So, THERE!

Although I still have a good wait until camp time, I’m already Read more »

Spike Talks Life at American Black Film Festival


For the first time in its 18 year history, the American Black Film Festival was held in New York City.  Who was there?  THIS GIRL!  I had an absolutely amazing time, and over the next few weeks, I’ll share everything!  One of the highlights was a session titled, “Spike Lee..Ya Dig!”  It was billed as a retrospective of Spike Lee‘s work and featured a live couch conversation, with Roland Martin, of TV One, as interviewer.  The session was sponsored by Cadillac and Ebony Magazine.

I actually enjoyed it.  Spike was quite candid about Read more »

I Almost Starred in a Disney Flick…Again!


While on a recent press junket for the new animated Disney movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue, I had a very unique experience.  How many folks can say that they’ve ever had the opportunity to have the great folks at Disney use my voice and record a clip of the movie?  See?  That’s what I mean.  Who gets to do that?  And to make it even more special–who gets to do it TWICE?!?!?!  That’s right, I did it a few years back at Disney Animation Studios for Winnie the Pooh and this time I did it at Disney Toon Studios !

By now, I should be an old pro, or so I would have you think.  The truth is– Read more »

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