My name is Mandi and I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer, on December 30, 2010, the day before my thirty-first birthday. At the time I found out that I had stage IIB breast cancer, did the usual treatment, chemo, bilateral mastectomy, and radiation. Later I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer the official diagnoses was on October 6, 2014 with mets to the spine, lymph nodes in my chest and lungs.
I was a marketing professional and a bit of a workaholic, treatment became my full time job in the middle of 2015. I am also a proud dog mom of three dogs (a.k.a. no “real” kids, my ovaries and hormones are long gone). I am married to the most amazing man in the universe, Mike. I always threatened my husband that I would become a stay at home dog mom blogger that knitted dog sweaters to sell on Etsy, never in my wildest dreams did I figure half of that joke would sort of come true (now to figure out how to make a dog sweater – it is over on #TheMandiList). I write that blog thing too, but about breast cancer. If you told me I would write a breast cancer blog called Darn Good Lemonade 10 years ago I would have laughed at you.
I started writing this blog about breast cancer as a way to keep my friends and family informed about my early stage treatment. It has morphed into my place to tell my story – laugh, cry and just live out loud. It now covers my life with metastatic breast cancer (stage IV), the good, the bad and the ugly. Mike promises to keep it running for me long after I am gone. I hope that sharing my story about life with breast cancer I will help others understand breast cancer – all stages – and that we still need to fund research because breast cancer doesn’t have a cure.
I decided to call this blog “Darn Good Lemonade” because one of my initial responses to my diagnoses is that I better learn to make darn good lemonade now that life has given me some lemons (also… I live in Utah and people are more comfortable with the word “darn” over “damn”).
I do my best to be an advocate for breast cancer – no matter the stage. I primarily support metastatic breast cancer research – without a cure for metastatic breast cancer, there will never be a cure for any kind of breast cancer. When you choose a charity, research how much they donate to research. Ask questions and support those that fund metastatic breast cancer research, so that someday blogs like mine won’t have to be written. I am not anti-pink ribbon, but I am not a bedazzled pink ribbon wearer, this post covers my view on the world of pink as I see it.
If you want to read this cancer blog from the oldest post forward check out the timeline page, where I list all of the posts in chronological order.
If you would like to get in contact with me, please email me at:
Social Media Accounts:
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/advertisinggeek
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darngoodlemonade
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/darngoodlemonade (I need to get better at posting videos. It will happen I swear!)
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/advertisinggeek
If you want to “buy us a lemonade” -> donate here <- via PayPal and I have an Amazon wishlist (https://amzn.com/w/3VPYFX8Q76GGY) – if you would like my mailing address, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other places you can find me:
- November 11, 2014 – LIVE for Pink on KUTV
- October 27, 2014 – Live for Pink Fighting Breast Cancer Good4Utah
- March 27, 2015 – Woman Remains Positive Despite a Devastating Diagnosis KSL news story about me
- October 22, 2015 – Al Jazeera – Pinktober – http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201510220236-0025053
- December 30, 2014 – Mention in Why Cancer isn’t a War on Shape.com
- October 21, 2014 – Mention in What Not to Say to a Breast Cancer Patient on US News Health
- What Gives Me Strength Susan G. Komen Website
- May 10, 2014 – On The Schuerman Show on YouTube (I am being shy)
- October 23, 2013 – After diagnosis, some keep their cancer a secret on Today Health
- Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine (Fall 2013)
- March 17, 2015 – 10 Health Blogs to Start Reading Now
- FM 100.3 Racing for Breakthroughs in Stage 4 Breast Cancer
- March 2015 – Healthline – For June 7 Survivors Day, Living with Cancer: Am I a Warrior?, Living with Cancer: What I Wish They’d Told Me, Living With Cancer: What Matters More Now
- October 29, 2015 – Lifezette – Cancer Battle Far from Over
- 2016 – FM 1003 – Join the Race
Articles I Wrote:
- August 20, 2015 – What I Wish You Would Say to Me