Mother, Artist, Author, Speaker, and Metastatic Breast Cancer Thriver.
I have always hated that statement, “so, tell me about yourself”… maybe that is why I never ever fit in to corporate America?!?!
The short story of me is that I am in my 40's living with Stage IV breast cancer.
The long story of me is that I am a lover of God and am awe of Him daily, a wife, a mommy, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an artist, writer, and fighter – there is no way I am going down without a fight!
I want to share my life here with you for many reasons – to show people that a Stage IV diagnosis is not an instant death sentence, to help people realize that every person is battling something – even if they look great on the outside – we have no idea what is going on on the inside, and empathy and love is built into us for a reason – TO USE IT!
I believe in God, I believe in Him sending us Angels, people, and help in any way He can.
I am a horrible speller. Sorry up front if this annoys you – I would claim chemo brain but it has been this way all my life. If I say I will do something and I don’t, please don’t get offended – I will claim chemo brain on this one...or that I can be a flake - I really don't mean to be.
I hope you join me here on this journey I call life here in my own Cancerland - yes like Alice in Wonderland!
If you'd like to learn more about the cancer terms used throughout this site, or learn more about me in general, please visit my Cancer Terms & FAQs page.
Here is what people have said about my artwork or my presence at local cancer-related events. Feel free to contact me if you would like to have your testimonial added here as well. Thank you for all the kind words!
Renee in Cancerland is a very touching book that shows strength, hope and love can conquer all. It is very touching in parts, infuriating in others, and funny throughout.
This book shows you both the beauty and appalling side of cancerland. Renee is honest with every word she shares. Her faith, love for family and friends shine through.
Renee’s story is full of ups and downs. With heartbreak and joy, faith and loss, she bears all in her journey.
I absolutely loved reading Renee’s ongoing story of navigating her life with stage IV breast cancer. At only 30 years old with a 1 year old her life and those around her changed forever.