Author Archives: Alyssa

Courage: Letting go of the “seen” for the “unseen”

Words to live by, for sure! I learned this in a very literal sense as the ground beneath me fell away and I was cast out into the “deep end” of a vast, vast ocean when I was diagnosed and given such slim odds.  I quickly realized that I was being called to find a […]

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Celebrating The Life Of A Mentor & Visionary: Dr. David Simon

              Celebrating the life and legacy of a brilliant man, a gentle soul and a mentor. I worked with David while I was out at the Chopra Center following my aggressive (and successful treatments) while undergoing their unique Panchakarma detox program. A thought leader in mind-body medicine, a guru […]

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A “Behind The Scenes” Look At My Photo Shoot For MORE Magazine (at one of my most favorite places…)!

A huge thanks to MORE magazine for including my story in their “Against All Odds” piece in the February issue that’s on stands now!  When I was initially contacted about doing this piece for MORE magazine, I was, of course, elated since it would talk about one of my long-time favorite loves…running! But it became especially meaningful […]

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January Is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month—Ladies, time to take a look “under the hood”!

That’s right, January not only marks the beginning of the new year but National Cervical Cancer/Health Awareness Month too! Ladies, it’s a good reminder to get your “stuff” checked (and make sure your mother, sister, daughters and besties do too)! I know it’s not fun, but it’s necessary. Having a Pap Smear is still the […]

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Happy New Year: Top 12 High-Potency Antioxidant Foods That Are Good For Your Health & Your Waistline Too!

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Second of all, do you know about the ORAC scale?? “Huh?” OK, then let me explain because this is a super important and an EASY way to help you chose the most optimal (and waist-friendly) options when shopping and eating. So here we go. The ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical […]

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Officially Three Years Since My Last Bone Marrow Transplant—TODAY!

              Crazy, huh? Seems like another lifetime ago in many ways and yet the intensity of my gratitude today is unchanged, if not stronger, than it was then for our miracle and all those that helped make it happen. Although we each must be the ones who walk the […]

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Celebrating a life…

I just found out that a young woman who was diagnosed with the same rare type of cancer I had—Large Cell Cervical Neuroendocrine Cancer—died today…one day before her 34th birthday. Her’s was caught much earlier than mine yet her doctors didn’t know about the cutting-edge treatment I had and by the time I found her, […]

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Merry Christmas! Did you know that Jesus was actually born in a cave??

I know, who knew, right?! This seemed a rather timely historical tidbit, so I thought I’d share. When I went to Jerusalem this summer I was shocked to find this out and to also learn that the Sea of Galilee is actually a lake. These seemed rather important “details” that would have been nice to […]

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Traveling this holiday? Even if it’s just to the mall, here are some tips & tricks to keep you healthy!

Probably just the Physician Assistant in me coming out… Here are my top three “go to” tips I use whenever I travel to stay healthy: 1. Squeeze a pea-size amount of Neosporin, Bacitracin or any other antibiotic ointment onto a Q-tip and circle the inside rim of each nostril before heading out the door. And, […]

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And the winner is…

…ME! (Yippie!!!) Hi Everyone! It’s official…ALL GOOD! My scan was beautifully clean and wonderfully “unremarkable”. I know it’s what we all expected, but I just never get tired of hearing it. :) You know my sister asked me, “Alyss, were you worried about this one??” And I told her “No, but it’s weird. I know […]

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