Marenda Round 1 Chemotherapy

Round 1 Chemotherapy

By / July 29, 2014 / Chemo Sucks

It’s a very unsettling feeling to walk into a chemotherapy treatment… especially the first one. It’s like being in a nightmare and you can’t wake up. My mind kept asking “is this really happening?” I sat in that chair staring out the window looking at the ocean. It would’ve been very easy to slip into… [read more]


Pulled Squeezed and Flattened: The Mammogram

By / June 28, 2014 / I Am Marenda

Considering the many advances in science, medicine, and technology; I have a difficult time understanding the reason why the mammogram process is still so barbaric! I had a mammogram in my 20’s as part of the work up process to donate my kidney. So at 39 I have to say that I was very disappointed… [read more]


Is That A Lump?

By / June 26, 2014 / I Am Marenda

I have a team of doctors and they all say that my husband saved my life. They are right! Guys, how well do YOU know HER body? Almost every night my husband rubs me down before I go to sleep. One night mid rub he asked “What is this?” I was like what are you… [read more]

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    Where There is a Will, There’s Always a Way!

    By / May 3, 2016 / I Am Marenda

    There’s a reason I haven’t been doing hand stands and cartwheels on the beach… While undergoing chemotherapy I remained active… Of course I had days when I was completely wiped out and couldn’t do much of anything. I remember a super painful day that I crawled to my prayer room with my dog at my… [read more]

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    Sometimes I Laugh To Keep From Crying

    By / April 1, 2016 / Life After Treatment

    “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the Gods made for fun.” ~Alan Watts I recently played the role of a pregnant woman on a television show. While grateful for the opportunity, part of me questioned the meaning and even the irony of it… I’m a really deep thinker, I’ve been called an “OVER… [read more]


    Hugs Have Healing Power

    By / December 2, 2014 / I Am Marenda

    There are days when you don’t feel like talking or you have no words to explain what or how you’re feeling. It is those days that a seemingly simple hug from someone that truly cares, makes all the difference in the world. Hugs are important in the healing process.

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    Will You Remember This?

    By / September 5, 2014 / Inspiration

    Sometimes we need a reminder to keep things simple and just enjoy life.

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    Inherited Damaged DNA

    By / August 29, 2014 / Genetics

    5% to 10% of breast cancers are considered hereditary, inherited damaged DNA. Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene often have a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other cancers. This video explains BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes:

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