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The Top 10 Things I Learned in 2018

As I’ve shared in previous posts in years past, I try to focus on what I learned each year and how my life is better for it. Challenges and set-backs and flat-out failures can be hard to accept, and sometimes it’s not until years later that I see how that experience got me to a […]

Celebrating hearts and humanity

Years ago, I became a founding member of Harboring Hearts when founder Michelle Javian and co-founder Yuki Kotani were in the process of building it. We realized that there were needs in healthcare that need to be addressed – things like housing so families could be close to their loved ones when they were getting heart […]

By |December 2nd, 2018|organ donation, Heart Disease, Harboring Hearts|0 Comments

A Memorable Night at the Women’s Media Center Awards

We’re in a galvanizing time for women in America. Women are running for office, raising their voices, and speaking up against injustices. The Women’s Media Center was founded by Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan on that principle – to help raise the visibility and decision making power of women in media and ensure […]

By |November 10th, 2018|Disability, Amputee, Media|0 Comments

Women Magazine – How I didn’t let cancer three bouts of cancer define me.

As many of you may know, I’ve been a big supporter of Look Good Feel Better. They help women feel more like themselves again when facing chemo side effects like hair loss. In this article I wrote for Women Magazine, I discuss the struggle of being open about my first two cancers as I was […]

By |June 1st, 2018|cancer, Reflection|0 Comments

The Top 10 Things I Learned in 2017

As I’ve shared in previous posts, for better or for worse, each year helps teach us something about ourselves and the world around us – whether it’s a memory that we’ll look back on fondly, or an experience or decision we’ll gladly leave behind for good. I think many of us will look back on […]

Harboring Hearts Benefit: A Night to Remember


Harboring Hearts held our annual benefit at the Lincoln Center Penthouse in November. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been going strong for almost nine years. Harboring Hearts was founded when Michelle Javian connected with Yuki Kotani. Both of their fathers had received heart transplants, though Michelle’s father had sadly passed months afterward. They wanted […]

By |December 11th, 2017|Science, organ donation, Heart Disease, Harboring Hearts|0 Comments

Prix Galien Awards – the Nobel of Pharmaceutical Innovation

It was an honor to be invited to the Prix Galien Gala at the American Museum of Natural History as a guest of Oracle. The Prix Galien Awards are considered the equivalent of the Nobel prize and the highest accolade for pharmaceutical research and development. Needless to say, there was no shortage of brilliant minds in […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Science, Discovery, Biotech, Pharmaceutical|0 Comments

One year later…

A year ago today I was sitting in a hospital gown, ready for a hysterectomy that would kick my cancer for good. Even though I’d been public about cancer the two times I’d had it before, this was the first time I was open about it while it was happening. As with other things in […]

By |July 26th, 2017|cancer|5 Comments

Share your voice and give hope to others.

When I was a high school senior who had just survived a heart attack and leg amputation, in need of a heart transplant, I had to make a decision about whether I was going to be public about my story. I decided that yes, I would be, because it was part of who I am […]

By |August 6th, 2016|cancer|5 Comments

10 Things I Learned in 2015


Every year has its high and low points. Sometimes it’s easy to look back and think “I thought I’d be much further along than where I am today – what did I accomplish?” I think it’s important to acknowledge the goals that you had (or hadn’t) set when the previous year began, and consider why you did or […]

By |December 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments