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Kate Beland does not believe that cancer defines her. She is an athlete, a marathoner, a mother, a wife and a writer. When she is not conducting her three-ring circus act, she is busy kicking late stage melanoma's butt and keeping herself sane through her writing and running: https://www.facebook.com/runningandcancer/ or www.runliftbreathe.blogspot.com
September 07, 2018
I felt like cancer had forced me to do other "uncomfortable" things instead of the bucket list I had chosen.
August 31, 2018
I know that once you are a cancer survivor, you're always a cancer survivor, but will that sinking feeling of no control ever go away?
August 03, 2018
There is no easy way to gain a sense of control when dealing with cancer. And we all definitely deal with it differently.
July 17, 2018
When I look in the mirror, I see that I am the byproduct of multiple surgeries. Sometimes, I feel as if I look like shark bait.
May 04, 2018
I think being an athlete is what saved my life.
March 09, 2018
I will relish that calm after the storm when I leave that hospital knowing it didn't break me.
September 13, 2017
Some of us fumble more than others. I was one of those emotional wrecks, wearing my emotions on my sleeve.
June 07, 2017
Maybe they'll be able to put the big girl pants on when life throws it's curve balls.
March 23, 2017
I miss the girl who was too self-absorbed to know real sorrow.
January 12, 2017
Because I am a lifelong learner and an educator at heart, I always feel the compelling need to share in case someone else out there might benefit from the fires I've walked through.
November 30, 2016
I really don't understand why some of us bear heavier burdens than others....
October 06, 2016
Today I feel as if I have some unfinished business, though I am not quite sure what it is.
August 24, 2016
I remember that moment feeling like I was in the middle of a fire, and it was going to eat me alive. But it did not. I found a way to get up; I found a way to rise up.
July 28, 2016
The state of the world is a major buzzkill right now...
July 13, 2016
I took a vacation from cancer. I didn't write about it; I didn't think about it; I just lived — out loud and joyfully.
June 07, 2016
If you really break it down, there are only two emotions that consume the world and all its living beings: love and fear.
May 18, 2016
With that first gasp of air, like you have been holding your breath the past 11 months, you realize you just might be a better person after all this cancer crap.
April 30, 2016
I am not a warrior who can handle anything. I am not the toughest person you know. I have no choice.
April 11, 2016
I ran this race last April knowing that something was not right with my body. I just knew...
March 21, 2016
I am sorry that you spent the summer watching me empty my drains and wondering when the heck those giant tubes would be pulled from my leg. I know I did my best to use discretion, but you still saw and still knew this had to do with cancer.
February 26, 2016
My children are intelligent, thoughtful and sensitive. In this case, telling the truth is not always in their best interest.
February 04, 2016
Cancer does not mean a death sentence. Many of us are walking around, living life with cancer.
January 22, 2016
Cancer benched me, but it's time to feel alive again and remember that I am much more than a person who is recovering from a disease.
January 21, 2016
I am not fearless. But, despite all that this disease has taken from me, I will fight to take something back.
January 08, 2016
December 10 was my New Year's Eve — it was full of hope and renewal.
December 13, 2015
My letter to Ty, a young man taken before his time.
December 04, 2015
I feel terror and beauty all around me, but it's OK to feel them both — they've gotten me this far.
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