• Nicole

Welcome to Thirty, Flirty, & Surviving

Last fall I started the From the Fire Blog. The metaphor represented exactly where I was at that point in my life. I was literally getting "burned" daily during radiation and at the same time, I was starting to feel new growth from the challenges I had recently faced. The blog served as an outlet for me to process my deep feelings and thoughts, and I discovered it helped other women too. I was hoping to develop it more in 2020, but instead, I focused on developing myself. As I regained my health and strength after cancer, I started to feel less and less connected to my original blog platform.

This was actually a good thing. Because it meant I didn’t need that outlet as much anymore; that when I faced hard times it didn’t last for days or weeks. Writing so deeply became more difficult, and it took more energy than it gave me.

When this started happening, I realized I had moved past this part of my experience. I still wanted to continue my blog, but I didn’t feel connected to it anymore. So I decided to make a change. This is where my new blog comes in...

When I turned 30, I was halfway through an intense chemo regimen to fight breast cancer. I had lost all my hair, my nails were turning black, I was struggling with anxiety and depression, and I was still facing surgery, radiation, more chemo, hormone therapy, and reconstruction. And even though I was only in the beginning of my treatment, I was already paralyzed by the fear of a reoccurrence. I was far from the image of “Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving” that seemed to be plastered all over social media. I was barely surviving.

That was a year and a half ago. I still won't claim to be thriving on a daily basis, but "Thirty, Flirty, and Surviving" is exactly where I’m at right now AND how I want to move forward.

The blog will share my experience as a 30-something-year-old woman, wife, mother, daughter, and friend living through and beyond breast cancer with a focus on health, resilience, mindfulness, and gratitude. My writing and social media will provide an open and honest look at treatment, mental health, sex, menopause, nutrition, exercise, marriage, parenting, friendship and more... all through the lens of a breast cancer survivor.

This is my passion project. I don't get paid and I don't endorse unless I really believe in something. I write and share my story for my own healing and to help others heal as well. As always, thank you for the continued support.

Welcome to Thirty, Flirty, & Surviving.


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