5 years ago on my 40th birthday, I was told that I had breast cancer. Since then, I've tread through some murky waters navigating chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, recurrences and side effects.
I was so scared.
I knew I was supposed to be happy, but I'd seen doctors every week for years. All of a sudden I was supposed to just go home without a plan?
After each treatment, I came out with less energy, less muscle, less clarity and less hope.
What steps was I supposed to take to heal the trauma and the physical effects that breast cancer gave me?
I needed guidance about how to move forward.
After trying lots of options, I began to focus on what worked. I wrote down what made me feel stronger both mentally and physically.
That's when I wrote myself 2 prescriptions:
Get Back To Nature
Make Life An Adventure
I decided I wasn't just going to survive each day, I was gonna thrive doing things that I loved.
Think Outside Survivorship Program has given me an enjoyable life and brought me to my current health.
My energy and endurance have increased, my muscle mass has doubled, my stress levels are cut in half, and even the chemo brain has slightly cleared.
But let me be clear. I'm a breast cancer survivor. I have down days where I just can't function. The chronic fatigue, anxiety, chemo brain, achy bones and lymphedema all get to me.
That's when Think Outside Program comes in handy. Even on the down days when getting outside isn't possible, it still works.
Think what YOU could do for your survivorship, if you gave yourself a dose of nature and adventure!
Get back to nature with a free simple guide and over 20 ideas to get you started - despite your energy levels!
Think about the things you love. You know, those moments that put a smile on your face.
Maybe you love the ocean, the mountains, or starry skies. Or maybe you can't get enough of your furry friends..
Are you a foodie who loves to go from farm (or garden) to table? Are scents, sounds and color pallets are your thing?
Let's put those ideas to use and create a survivorship plan that motivates. With my Think Outside Survivorship Program, we can build strength and spirit, and find adventure together one step at a time.
As a geographer, I get excited about about maps and apps and all things earthy. I live for the marine layer of salty air in the mornings and the glow of the sunset in the evenings.
Hiking is my excuse to go on another adventure. I love to pet my kitty and laugh with my family, read books and listen to music. The windows are always open in my house.
As a mortal human being, I need rewards to stay motivated. I want to be in places I love AND get a prize for going to them, so I set goals that give me both!
I reward myself for small achievements, and each small step eventually leads to completing a major goal.
The catch? A natural setting improves quality of life. It has to be a part of my plan to - THINK OUTSIDE.
San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States