In the spring of 2011, at the ripe old age of 31, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a shock. No one thought I had cancer, neither did I, but because of family history, my doctor sent me for what was supposed to be a baseline mammogram.

It ended up being a turning point in mine and my family’s life. In what felt like a blink of an eye, I went from bring “perfectly healthy” to stage iii breast cancer. I was shocked. My husband was shocked. My kids, who were 11, 8, and 5 were shocked.

My treatment was slash, poison, burn (which I think much better describes surgery, chemo, and radiation!). It was a rough time and was compounded by several sepsis infections, hospital stays, emergency surgeries, and a few ICU stays. I’m exhausted thinking about it, but now its 7 years later. Things aren’t perfect. I have a lot of side effects still from treatment, but I’m currently NED and just doing my best to roll with life.

Some days I do this with more grace than others, but somehow it all manages to work out! Mostly because my family somehow is still not tired of helping me when I need it!


Gryt is being mom even on the days when you don’t feel great.

Gryt is doing your best, even if you can’t do all the things.

Gryt is accepting help from others, even though it’s hard.

Gryt is living your best life, however that looks for you!


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