Category: Life After Diagnosis

Cycling Can Be Beautiful

As a new rider just at the door of the house we call cycling, I currently only have one cycling outfit. This is an issue since I’ll be riding for three days in a row for Tour de Pink. Obviously, I need more than one outfit … but what to buy? And why is it so...

We Are 1 YSC

It is important to remember where you come from — but it should not define who you will be. This is a statement that is easy to write — but much harder to accept when faced with change. YSC conducted an Affiliate Summit this past weekend that included representatives...

Car Back!

Have you ever driven past a large group of cyclists and wondered about the chaos that must be involved in keeping so many people together while juggling traffic lights, moving cars and hills … all while staying together? I have. Before this spring my thought would...

Do I Really Need To Fall?

So, I have a couple rides under my belt — but that’s nothing to get cocky about. What I don’t have under my belt is my first fall. I’m still struggling with how to shift gears without making that awful noise that tells every cyclist in a 10-mile radius that you...

My Very Own Bike!

Do you ever think about those days when you knew your life changed forever? I’ve had a lot of them since being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. However, they were completely different from the day I received my first road bike, a 2012 Liv/giant Avail Inspire...

No Way Am I Wearing Those!

Riding a bike from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., or from Thousand Oaks to Foothill Ranch in Southern California? How hard can it be? I registered for both YSC Tour de Pink three-day East and West Coast rides without owning a bike or any of the bike gear that...

What Is ASCO?

There are only a couple cities in the United States that have a building large enough to hold 34,000 people. Chicago is one of them. The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which everyone in the cancer community calls “ASCO,” holds its annual conference, one of the...

Sometimes You Just Have To Meet F2F

When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she may feel completely alone and as though she’s the only woman under 40 to ever receive such terrible news. The unfortunate reality is there are more than a quarter of a million young women living in the U.S. today...

What You See Is What You Get

This spring I met with Cortés Saunders-Storno, Director of Alumni Relations at the University of San Francisco, where I earned my MBA in 2004. I hadn’t been on the campus of Lone Mountain since I graduated. It was a blast backward in time! My experience in USF’s...

Words of Wisdom

My first week as CEO of YSC, I received an email that I will never forget. It was from one of the co-founders of the organization, Joy Simha. I was only eight months out from diagnosis when I was appointed CEO of YSC and still actively in treatment. Joy had already...

It’s All In The Name

My first task in making my fantasy to do a three-day bike ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., a reality was to come up with a name for my YSC Tour de Pink team. As some people know, the elephant is a symbol I use for my own cancer. When I was diagnosed, an...
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