Health

7 Year Breast Cancer Survivor and Counting

I am a 7 year Breast Cancer Survivor and Counting!
It’s been 7 years since I was unexpectedly diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. As a 42-year-old mother of two young boys, the news was devastating and my only concern was whether I was going die and leave my young boys without a mother…

IntoMeSea Healing Studio: Santa Monica

As we move into the third year of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we’re feeling the effects more than ever. We’ve been juggling work, childcare, homeschooling, and worrying about our children’s mental health and lost education. The bottom line is we are not OK. We need to heal. We need a place to heal… and I have just the…

8 Things I Do Know About The Empty Nest

I officially have an empty nest. Both of my metaphorical ‘baby birds’ have flown the nest and are happy and thriving right where they have both worked so hard to be. I have to say, now that I’ve stopped crying, the view from this momma’s nest isn’t half bad.
Let me first say that it took a…

Cancer Survivor – 6 year ‘cancerversary’ reflections

For most of you April 29th is just another day. For me, this day is a reminder of when my life changed forever. April 29th 2015 was the day I had both breasts and 13 lymph nodes removed, and breast cancer was evicted from my body. I am a 6 year cancer survivor.
Hearing those dreaded words, “I’m afraid you have cancer…

Covid-19 Pandemic: One Year Later

A year ago we all watched with horror as we came to grips with our new reality: the world was dealing with a deadly pandemic. Every single person across the globe has been impacted and suffered in some fashion; this pandemic has changed pretty much everything.
Our college freshman packed up his dorm with 24 hours notice and flew cross country to shelter at &hellip…

Systemic Racism: Dr. Naina Mahngar, Oncologist

Medicine has long been a male-dominated field. But that is changing. Women now account for 36.8% of physician’s according to census data, and 33% of medical oncologists are women. However they still encounter disbelief of their profession on a daily basis. Racist and sexist bias against patients is a prevalent issue, but often overlooked is the existence of racist and sexist…

Best White Water Rafting – Tuolumne River

Travel for our family is like oxygen. We need it to breath. Travel feeds our soul so we needed to work with this new 2020 normal and try to plan a Covid-19 safe getaway. We needed to ditch our computer screens for new surroundings. We desperately needed to relax with the sounds and beauty of mother nature, and fill our hearts with sunshine. After…

5 Best Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Like many, we had to completely cancel and rearrange our 2020 travel. Travel for our family is like oxygen… we need it to breath… we need it for our souls… so to say this was hugely disappointing is a gross understatement. After 7 months of staring at a computer screen with no vacation days, and none on the horizon, we decided to…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Vincent Rowe

Medical professionals are increasingly aware of how systemic racism and discrimination in health care affects healthcare professionals and patients. It’s time for institutions to prioritize creating a hospital environment where perpetuating discrimination against physicians or patients is unacceptable. If this doesn’t happen, racial bias will continue to harm both doctors and patients.
Meet Dr. Vincent Rowe. Dr. Rowe is the Professor…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Will Smith

In my previous article, ‘5 Ways White People Can Stand Up to Systemic Racism’, I share my plan to spotlight stories and experiences from people who are, or have been marginalized. I now realize that inaction is complicity. I share these words with deep humility, and my ​hope is these stories are thought-provoking, and spark discussions​.
I’d like you to meet Will Smith…