To inspire others to make small conscientious choices in leading a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle
I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I am a breast cancer survivor. Individually these things do not define me, but together they make me who I am today.
I am a stay-at-home mom of two little boys, and when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, my first thoughts were about them. I found the strength through family and friends to get through my treatments, but I wanted to do more to help others, and especially help my family. I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the first time in 2010 with my neighborhood team, the Step Sisters . I walked with approximately 3,000 women for 39 miles over two days and was inspired by the many survivor stories I heard. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, but I want to help change this statistic.
Changing the meals I was preparing for my family was a step in the right direction but I want to do all I can to make the future for my kids free of any and all disease. There is a lot of information out there but I want one single place where another mom, wife, sister, friend, SURVIVOR, can go to look for ways to make small changes…small changes that make us feel like we’re in control of our health, life, future.
When I became a parent, I thought nothing would change my life more than becoming a mom. For a while, I’ll admit… I thought I had it all figured out.
Then unexpectedly in 2010, my oldest son, Owen was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Osteosarcoma. That moment changed everything. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why… if you had pointed to Owen and said he would get cancer, I would have told you that you were nuts. There was just no way a healthy active teenage would get cancer. But he did.
So, I started reading and reviewing everything I could get my hands on. For now, there is no known cause of Osteosarcoma but there are researchers, scientists, and doctors studying it and many other childhood cancers. My charity, WestRash Charities raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for Pediatric Cancer Research and Make It Better Missions (wishes) for kids with cancer.
In my researching, common themes kept appearing on ways to eat, ways to clean, ways to be more environmentally friendly…
Themes that if I tried to do them all in one day would probably have overwhelmed me. However if I made one small change and then another… over time all those small changes would lead to something much bigger and hopefully in turn a healthier, more eco-friendly version of myself and in turn my family.
Owen passed away in 2012 his journey can be found here.