It's Not Harder Than Cancer

It’s Been March Madness Indeed!

The last six weeks have been a wild and amazing ride. I can’t believe this is my life. Here are the highlights:

February 22: My book, It’s Not Harder Than Cancer, debuts via Kindle Direct Publishing.

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February 27: Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation announces Subway as the new sponsor for their Race Against Cancer, of which I am the chair. Race day is November 8, 2015.

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February 27: Interviewed by Kristi Nelson Bumpus of the Knoxville News Sentinel for an article that ran in the paper on Tuesday, March 3.

March 2: I was a guest on The Bob Bell Show, hosted by my dear friend Bob Bell. We talked about God, gratitude, cancer and my book. It’s always a good time on his show.

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March 3: I was interviewed about my book by Erin Barnett on Local8Now’s morning show.

March 6: Dress in Blue Day For Colorectal Cancer Awareness. My Facebook feed blew up with photos of friends and family wearing blue in my honor. That was so cool.

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March 6: Game on Against Cancer, a fund-raiser for Thompson Cares, which helps meet the needs of cancer patients in treatment. It was a fun night during which I represented the Subway Race Against Cancer, played shuffleboard with Missy Kane and beat WATE-TV morning anchor Tearsa Smith at air hockey (we were both sweating after that one).

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March 10: Interviewed on WATE 6 News to discuss the One Degree Project, a joint effort between the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Stand Up To Cancer I did a similar interview on WBIR-TV on Friday, March 13.

March 15-17: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network State Lead Ambassador Summit and the One Degree Project Launch event in Washington, D.C. It was wonderful to be reunited with so many friends and to talk to senate staff members about the need to increase research funding. I was honored to share the story of a dear friend who recently finished his second bout with cancer.

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March 19: Early interview on Good Morning Tennessee to talk about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and my book.
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March 19: Recorded an hour-long interview with my sweet friend Wyvonia Woods Harris, who has an internet radio show called Wy’s Ways of Wellness.

March 21: Sarah organizes a small birthday celebration with group of our friends from church. We had a lovely evening at the new Bourbon Street Whiskey Bar inside the Orangery.

March 22: My birthday!

March 24: Reporter Emily Stroud did a wonderful story about my cancer journey, my book and training for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon that aired on Live at Five at Four.

March 26: In advance of the third anniversary since my cancer diagnosis (March 27), I took two cakes to my medical teams at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. I also, finally, completed a bucket list item by delivering books to the library in the chemotherapy lounge.

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March 26: Recorded an interview with Lee Silverstein, host of The Colon Cancer Podcast. My episode will be available on Friday, April 3.

March 29: I finish the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, with legs that tired out way too early and calves that were cramping. It was an awesome day that wouldn’t have happened without encouragement and training support from Zane, training with Anthony, Michelle, Julie, Laurella, Tami. Anthony, Michelle and Julie also joined me on the second half of the race. The day itself would not have been possible without Adam, who ran or walked every step of the marathon with me. I got a huge welcome from Sarah, Sherry, Belinda, Rebecca, Jason, Tami and Shameeka. It was the end of a long but exhilarating day.

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