I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer on June 4, 2010, 2 months before my 35th birthday. After a colon resection to remove my ascending colon, and six months of every other week chemotherapy, I am learning to live as a cancer survivor. I am a runner, a vegetarian, a partner, a mom, an academic, and a Southerner transplanted in the Midwest. I love food, cooking, and the challenge of a hard workout.


6 Responses to About

  1. I just passed a link to your site on to my friend, Stephanie, who is battling breast cancer. I think you might enjoy her blog as well: http://www.boobisaweekendword.com/

    You inspire me daily, Jill.

  2. You have a beautiful story to tell & live.

  3. Maureen says:


    First, I am so sorry about your pup. It is so tough to know if are doing the right thing for your friend. It is so hard to know when it is time.

    I thought I would be reading an inspiring tale of exercise triumphs since I got here through Erin J Shea but this was so much more. I can relate to your life a bit, especially having cancer and teaching. I teach at a small state school and work in my field during the summer. My cancer was found when I stepped off a platform and then passed out from the pain in my back. Quote from the ER doctor “Good news, you broke your back and we can fix that. You will be with us for awhile. Bad news is, we think you have a cancer called multiple myeloma.”

    Prior to all the cancer mess I was doing mini-triathlons and just getting healthier.

    Thank you for blogging and sharing your story.


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