Tools to Help You Never Give Up During The Holidays

I met Alexis Acker-Halbur when I was 16 years old and she was the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) coordinator at Camp Needlepoint, a Minnesota/Wisconsin summer camp for kids and teens with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June 1981, one month after I turned 16 years old. I took the bus out … Read more

Poem of Magic: Cancer #Previvor Finds Her People

Note from Mari: This is a blog post written by Michelle Scharber Banks. Michelle was a volunteer at P.ink Day MSP 2015 and again for 2016. In addition, she got her transformative, healing tattoo this year. Here is Michelle’s beautiful story & a poem she wrote, in her own words: After the Tattoo I’ve been … Read more

12 Years of Surviving Breast Cancer: YES! #DoingIt

Breathe deep. Plant my feet firmly on this beautiful Earth. Feel my heart open. Allow grief, loss, relief, gratitude, to one by one wash through my being. Today, October 20th, marks the 12th anniversary of my first breast cancer diagnosis. I am still alive. I am healthier than I have perhaps ever been. My attitude … Read more

Breast Cancer Sucks AND There Is a Silver Lining #PinkTattooDay

Mari's lotus tattoo, P.ink Day 2013
Mari’s lotus tattoo, P.ink Day 2013

No two ways about it, breast cancer, and all cancer, sucks. It interrupts life in a big way. It causes anxiety, fear and trauma, to name just a few of the difficult emotions. Cancer hit me twice, and both times it knocked me flat on my face. I cried harder than I have ever cried and it made me very angry. Both times, I found I had to reach deep inside myself to find strength to carry on. Both times I had to look hard to find a silver lining.

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Diabetes and Cancer: A Disease Double-Whammy

GUEST BLOG POST by Alexis Acker-Halbur Just when you thought it was safe to live with diabetes, along comes another harrowing fact. Studies suggest that people with diabetes are at significantly higher risk for many forms of cancer. Just great! There are so many reasons why you developed diabetes — the same is said for … Read more

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