Meet Val

by Val

I’m a wife, daughter, sister, very proud aunt, a friend and a protector. Perhaps the last is why I’m drawn to share.

I’ve been a Wonder Woman trying to earn my cape for a very long time.

I am a solution seeker and helper by nature who writes to cope with my gift of over-thinking. I’m always looking for what I am supposed to learn from an experience. It’s helpful and exhausting at the same time.

Fall of 2019, the day before vacation, I found something big to over-think, learn from and get off my chest. Something that gave me a new title…

Knowing there was something that needed to leave but on vacation

Breast Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with an overachieving invasive ductal carcinoma, that we clinically thought was stage 2 but landed at Stage 3a ER/PR+ HR-.

13 long days between my biopsy and official diagnosis gave me lots of time to consult with Dr. Google to figure out how to get through where I was sure I was headed. I didn’t want the doom and gloom of the word cancer take me over. I was searching for a place that threw the cancer curtain wide open and unfortunately at the time I didn’t find it.

That’s why I’m here. I want my journey to be here for the person who is up at 3am with the fear that they mask during the day but in the middle of the night they are just trying to find information to help them not feel so alone and scared.

Nothing about me is polished or gussied up as my grandma use to say. That’s true in my documentation of this journey. Sometimes I write fluently in cuss words and I find humor where others may not, often at my own expense.

This started in a private Facebook group for friends and family. The group kept growing because others were inviting people in similar situations. This encouraged me to convert those posts to a blog, making it accessible.

I invite you in to see life through my eyes. Yes, cancer brought me here but it’s more than tumors, surgeries, chemo, radiation all during the onset of a global pandemic into survivorship. It’s seeking peace, making memories in times many prefer to forget and laughter. Lots and lots of laughter.

I’m an open book about my journey and all appropriate questions and comments are welcomed!

Best way to reach me if you have questions is via Facebook. You can find me at

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