Self-Care in times of stress and overwhelm

After living with diabetes for 36.5 years and after surviving breast cancer twice, I’ve come to prioritize self-care. What is self-care you ask? Well, in my world it means that I pay attention to the basic things I need to stay healthy, fit, calm, centered and productive. It means that I make it my Number … 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 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, Day 2013
Mari’s lotus tattoo, 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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Renewing Life for Healing

Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller Have you ever known someone who found out they had cancer? Or someone who found out they had diabetes? Have you ever met someone who told you they survived sexual abuse or rape? Chances are … Read more

11 Years of Thriving Despite Cancer!

Eleven years ago today, my life changed completely. This was the day, October 20th, 2004, that I found out I had breast cancer. It was a sucker punch to the gut. I doubled over in terror. Complete fear permeated my body. I remember wondering if I would ever breathe deeply again. Now here I am, … Read more

It’s #pinktattoodayMSP! Meet Warrior #6, Becky!! Day Minneapolis is happening in just two more days! We will all gather at Twilight Tattoo this Saturday, 10/10, at 10:30 AM and the healing tattooing will begin! It’s a labor of love to make Day Minneapolis a reality. This year, it was a team of us who made it all happen. Alli, … Read more Day Minneapolis Warrior Number 5: Meet Jennifer! Day Minneapolis continues to fast approach. October 10th is just around the corner. The Planning Committee has rallied wonderful gifts for our six survivor warriors and we’ve found generous donors for breakfast and lunch. On October 10th, you can track our day on social media using our hashtag: #pinktattoodaymsp. Please follow along!! We will … Read more

#pinktattoodaymsp is happening in 3 weeks! Meet Survivor Monica! Day Minneapolis is coming up in just a few short weeks! Three to be exact!! I just found out that the local PBS channel, TPT, got clearance to produce a thirty-minute show about Day Minneapolis 2014! It will show here in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 4th at 7 PM Central time. They will … Read more