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Donna Day 2016: How you can help end childhood cancer!

This photo is of beautiful Donna, and today is her day. It’s the 5th Annual “Donna Day”, a day honoring the daughter of my friend and fellow ChicagoNow blogger Sheila Quirke. Sheila and her husband lost sweet Donna to childhood cancer in 2009, and you can learn more about their story here. I am always... Read more »

"The trouble is, you think you have time."

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – (Did Buddha really say this? I mean, I know everything I read on the internet is true…but, let’s go with Buddha for now.) This quote has particularly resonated with me as of late. For some reason, this much more so than the usual “Appreciate the day”... Read more »

For some of us, every month is Melanoma Awareness Month

Every year, the month of May is “Melanoma Awareness Month”. Information about melanoma becomes widely dispersed over social media regarding melanoma in the hopes of bringing awareness to the public on the subject. Information ranges from tips on sun safety and prevention, tips to identify melanoma, facts and debunked myths about melanoma, new research data... Read more »

Then March Arrives

Can we all let out a sigh of relief? Is winter finally over? March has arrived with a flood of sunshine and “warmth”. We have made it through the cold, gray, stagnant months of winter. Cold wind that sharply slaps your face. Not seeing the sun for days. Blizzards. Ice. Sleet. Wintry mix. A sense... Read more »

It's not too early for kindness this holiday season.

It’s only the first week of November, but already, the season is upon us. The holiday season. Christmas carols. Christmas coupons. Decorations. Holiday shopping. Religious services. Ugly sweaters. Holiday parties. Green and red M&M’s. I am not quite ready this year. I wish we could fast forward to January 1st.  As I walked into the... Read more »

Call your mom today

( I found this image posted on a friend’s Facebook page. The sharp realization that I will never be able to jovially nudge a friend in the arm after seeing a sign like this and say “Aw, man, no wifi? Man, that sucks. I need to give Ter (my mom) a call anyways to check... Read more »

Healthy? Stop complaining and start living.

Let’s admit it. We all have some complaints every day. “I wish I didn’t have to go to work or school today”. “My mom/dad/wife/husband/partner/kid is so annoying.” “I got stuck in traffic. ” “I’m tired.” “I don’t want to work out.”  “My cell phone battery is dead and I missed your text about Game of... Read more »

Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge success: The power of Facebook

So, if you haven’t seen a trillion videos people filling up industrial sized buckets of ice water and dumping it on themselves, you’ve probably been living in desolate Montana with no internet connection. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for the caused merely because the idea of sharing the video on Facebook immediately... Read more »

Colonoscopy: It's not a torture mechanism, it's a lifesaver.

Ah, colonoscopy. Besides a root canal, I cannot think of another routine medical procedure that anyone dreads more. Having issues with my digestive health as of late led me to finally seek out a gastroenterologist’s opinion in regards to what had been happening. This was after the really official diagnosis I’d given myself from WebMd... Read more »

Donna Day 2014: What you need to know to be a hero

The picture above is of a beautiful young girl, Donna, who left us far too soon in her brave fight with pediatric cancer. The past few years in my family have unfortunately been years in which the word “cancer” has not been an unfamiliar term to us. My mom has fought (like a champion, mind... Read more »