Hi friends and family! If you're looking for something to do in the San Diego area with the family tomorrow for Father's Day (06/16 ), come check out San Diego Food Market at Lane Field Park from 10 AM - 4 PM. I'll be working my sister's side hustle with cashier duties, helping the public get their boba fix at @tsaaszn ! (Pronounced 'cha-ahh see-zuhn' ) . . . 'It's like Chipotle but with boba.' . . #thisishowwetsaa #tsaaszn #boba #bobatea #sandiego #sandiegofoodmarket #geminiszn #bobayourway #milktea
Dear friends. Please don't forget to cop a feel on yourself. It's really not hard. You can do it in the shower, or lying down, or while you're on the toilet, lol. . . . This time last year I had a farewell boudoir photoshoot with my old boobs. Maybe I'll do another one with my new boobs. #bilateralmastectomy #byebyebilateralmastectomy #breastcancersurvivor Hair: @a.bossbaby & @paulacack Lashes: @chic_lash_bar 📸: @brix_productions
This past weekend you could have found me in #LasVegas celebrating one of my bestest friends' birthdays with some of my favorite people. This was the first time I've played golf at #topgolflasvegas and let me tell you, it was so much fun once I got the hang of it. I wish they had one in San Diego. I can't wait to do it again! . . . Have any of you ever played? Teach me your ways! 😅
This time last year, I received life altering news. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went to my appointment by myself, not thinking much of my results. I told my mom and my sisters, even my coworker, that I'd be fine and to not worry. Boy, was that a lie or what? That day I learned that good news is told over the phone and bad news is told in person. My doctor thought I would have had someone with me but how was I supposed to know? Initially she thought it was a clump of cysts and the RN at my ultrasound thought it was a fibroadenoma, both benign, so I thought I was in the clear. (Note to my nurse/medical field friends: if you're gonna take a guess, don't tell your patient not to worry. ) My doctor went through all the motions with me, what my options were, what the next steps entailed but I could barely pay attention. Everything just seemed so surreal and I had sudden tunnel vision. I remember the long walk from the office to my car. The parking lot was jam-packed full, I had to park at the very end. I got in and just sat for a while overlooking the valley in front of me. After a couple of minutes, I called my mom and told her the news. The guttural cry and curse into the air coming from the other end of the phone will always be clear as day and was enough to tear me to shambles. I didn't go back to work that day. I drove through tears and frustration from San Diego to Murrieta.. I told my sisters and they all rushed home to be with me. Once we were all together, we just hugged and cried and laughed it all out. The time would come to make moves and begin planning and weighing out options but in that moment, we just felt and let our emotions take us over (kinda sorta except for Rational Rochelle, lol ). My doctor told me the year ahead of me would be tough, which it was and still is. It's had its ups and downs and is definitely far from over but I like to think I'm stronger for it. And I really wouldn't be where I am at today (physically & mentally ) if it wasn't for my family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and even some strangers love, strength, guidance, and unconditional support. I am nothing without their mercy. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
Idk what's going on here but you should touch your boobs to make sure I'm okay. 🤪 Happy New year my friends! How is the first week of the new year treating you? Please don't forget to give yourself a breast exam and an overall body check!! ♥️ #breastcancerwarrior #fuckcancer #savethetatas #breastcancersurvivor
Hi friends! I'm a couple of days late but still coming at you with the same message. Here's your monthly reminder to give yourself a self exam. . . . 2 days after my first infusion, I had this gnarly breakout on my upper chest only. I had no idea what they were but they were itchy AF. I did my best to not scratch it and made an appointment to meet with my PCP to have it checked. My doc initially thought it was shingles but since it didn't hurt she had photos taken to get a second opinion from a dermatologist. Turned out to be a reaction to the steroids I was given. Interestingly enough, this was the only time out of the 4 rounds that this occurred. Not much scarring was left behind. Another side effect from the steroids? Weight gain. More on that another post. Don't mind the double chin. 🐷 . . #fuckcancer #chemotherapy #breastcancersurvivor #breastcancerwarrior
Happy first of the month, y'all! It's October! A month of awareness for many things. One of the more current relevant in my life being breast cancer. Michelle's Place is offering FREE mammograms!! For those of you who have been feeling iffy or have concerns about your tatas but do not have insurance or health care, I urge you to please look into utilizing these services. . . #fuckcancer #fuckcancer 🎀 #bilateralmastectomy #breastcancer #pinkribbon #breastcancerawareness #savethetatas
Hi friends! 🙋🏻♀️ Today makes one year of the discovery of a small pea-sized, marble hard lump I found in my left breast. I had just returned from celebrating the union of one of my best friends in Hawaii surrounded by some of my favorite people and the love of my life (missing @leilanimariiie , @joolsnguyen and then some ). I was on the second day of my (very unusually heavy ) menstruation and thought it was just a nodule that I usually get during my cycle but decided to keep tabs on it because it was harder and larger than normal. I wanted to send you guys and gals a friendly reminder to do a whole body check. If anything feels off, take note of it and see if it persists. It's so crazy to think of how much life has changed in this past year; mentally, emotionally, physically. I've lost some friends and gained some new ones too. At the time before my discovery, I took a chance and shaved the sides of my head. Something I had been wanting to do for the longest time but was never brave enough. Fast forward 1 year later, & I'm completely bald by choice and slight push (thanks, chemo ). But I wouldn't change it. It's life. And what I've learned.. If you can't change the outcome, you've got to change your perspective. & Many changes in my perspective have been made. I'm not proud of some but what's done is done. In the end we're only human. I just want to thank alla y'all for being you and teaching me all these lessons in life. I am who I am and you all play a part of it. Whether we've met in person, online, or have no connection in this world other than being human and wanting to see into another's life by sheer curiosity.. you play a part. Always.🤘🏻 . . . #fuckcancer #breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #pinkribbon #thisis30 #bilateralmastectomy #fuckcancer 🎀
There's always something to be thankful for despite the terrors that are thrown at you. I am so thankful for each person I've ever encountered, no matter the context. I am happy. And wouldn't be this way without their help. Thank you @stepharilla so so so much! I thought it was just socks and pencils but more fun came today! And it really embodies our friendship. Our 'ladylike' cursing and DGR4E friendship! I'll always remember our sillyness in dance. They were the best! 💞💞💞
Hi friends. I'm a day late but better late than never! I hope all you lovely people have been doing well and that better days are coming if you're in the slumps. Everyone is fighting a battle so SMILE when you can. Only if you feel like it. Especially when you don't feel like it. MINDoverMATTER. Give a hug. Hug your breasts with your hands. Go all around the world on your boobs and feel out for anything unusual. Feel something unusual? Keep track of it and take action is it hasn't gone away! Early detection can be a life saver!! . . 📷unknown #fuckcancer 🎀 #breastcancer #bilateralmastectomy #breastcancersurvivor
When you've never been to a photoshoot solely for yourself, let alone a #boudoir , you bring one of your besties along for moral support and they get this awesome #BTS shot. Kiiiiind of wish alcohol was involved to loosen up bc I feel I look awkward AF in my proofs but c'est la vie! I don't post a lot of photos of myself, alone, with nothing to conceal or partially cover myself, or hide behind a silly pose very often.. for reasons I cannot put into words other than I'M EMBARRASSED!! But idky?!! This is MY page after all, so why the hell not? I can love myself enough to be confident and content with posting selfies!! So here is a first many of I hope! #boudoirphotoshoot #premastectomyboudoir #bilateralmastectomy #hakunaMYtatas
Let me give your boobies a feelsky!! Ladies and gents, check'em out! In the shower, on the bed, while you're sitting on the toilet, whatever/wherever! Just do it! Honestly, it's scary to find something. It definitely is life-changing. It could be a nodule. It could be a clump of cysts. It could be fibroadenoma. Everyone I encountered thought it was all of the above. Unfortunately for me, they were all wrong. Don't wait til it's to late! 💞🎀 Back story to this photo: So about 3 weeks after my surgery, I had the bright idea to accompany some friends to a winery. Had 3 glasses of wine and apparently a photoshoot in the parking lot ensued. I was in a YOLO mood. 🤷🏻♀️ #breastcancer #savethetatas #iloveboobies
Hi friends! I actually meant to make this post on Saturday but was distracted so here it is! I'd like to invite y'all to participate in this #WalkofHope2018 5k with me. It will take place in Temecula and is hosted by @michelles__place I've only visited this resource center once - the day right before my surgery. I've been planning to go back but just haven't made the time to go. In that one visit I was provided with so much valuable information and resources that made me wish I had found this place sooner. I plan on giving back when I am able and figured I'd start by putting this out there. Msg or text me for more info or to lmk you've signed up! Also, ladies & gents, 'tis time to give your lovely lady humps or your very manly chests (remember, although rare, men can get breast cancer too ) a good ol' feelsky. Check for any unusual bumps, lumps, discharge, and discoloration. Take notice of anything that gives you concern AND GIVE IT A VOICE! I love y'all!
Starting off with a food pic. This is called Loubia Polo. It is from one of my FAVORITE places to eat for my lunch break at work. The flavor is just THERE. Everything I've had there has not disappointed. Don't get me started on their hummus either. Anyway, on to a traffic update for my commute home. Saw it was gonna take 2.5-3 hrs to get home so I said nope and went to kill time at bae's. Glad I didn't bc Mama Bounty made some Lao food. Idk what it's called but I call it thum kapoon. Basically papaya and green bean salad with vermicelli noodles and meatballs, shrimp, and seasoned meats on the side. SOOOO good. Then I played with the camera settings on my phone again and a quick video update. #ProjectThisIs30
Came home to my nephew running amok in my living room. He was pretending to be a pirate. Got to spend some QT with both him and my niece. #ProjectThisIs30
I'm too lazy to redo my video so I'm leaving it as is. My "future" cousin-in-law is having a bachelorette party in 3 wks and I offered to help plan it out. I said it was all over the place but it isn't what I meant. My brain is all over the place. Haha. I think we have a solid outline now time to fill in the blanks. Gonna work on that the next couple of days. #projectthisis30
Today was quite uneventful so I have some clips of me and my niece then a short clip of me saying pretty much the same thing I just wrote out.... LOL. #ProjectThisIs30
Today the boo and I went to my sister's house to watch the (football ) games. She's obsessed with this company that sells household accessories at TJ Maxx & Marshall's - I forgot the name of it. They're really basic but cute. I got a clip of my nephew singing happy bday to one of my best friends but accidentally cut it short. Anyhoo. I spent most of the day eating and playing a bit more with the camera features of my phone so there are some clips of me, Bae, my niece, and my nephew. #ProjectThisIs30
Started the video off with some clips of my nosey boy Rusty-Baloo peeking thru the sliding door. If I had it my way, he would be inside with me but alas... Anyway, then some facetime with my niece, just so stinking cute. Played with the camera features on my phone by taking pics of my dad's plants. Oranges, tangerines, &some flowers. Ending the night with a staple of mine. I am nothing without my #hotcheetos I gotta have it with #Tapatio , #chamoy , and #limon or #lemon juice. Yum!!!!
Didn't take many videos or photos today bc I was feeling really nervous about today. I like to think I can tolerate quite a bit of pain but I've never encountered situations to test my theory. My biopsy went better than I had anticipated. Now just have to wait for the results. Fingers crossed for something good! #ProjectThisIs30
Today I received my new glasses I ordered from #discountglasses These babies, with prescription lenses, came out to just under $60 with FREE shipping!! Anyway, I also stopped by my Alma mater to drop my Lil cousin to her first lacrosse meet & greet so threw a Pic of the scoreboard in my clip today along with my niece & momma, me in my new frames, and a short clip of me talking at the end about my appt tomorrow. I was watching Cheers and there was a line that I THINK I heard (we hear what we want to hear sometimes ) that really resonated with me today. "We all fear mortality." Some #FoodForThought #ProjectThisIs30
Today's video features mainly my niece, a bit of my nephew, and a brief shot of a letter I received. #ProjectThisIs30
This mini video project is a combination of yesterday and today. Not much going on bc I got a new phone and I'm trying to figure it all out. (Switched from Droid to IOS. ) So here's today's compilation. A short clip of my niece bc I recorded with flash by accideny yesterday. I had lunch with my boo at a hipster cafe by his house called Nate's Garden Grill. (Definitely need to revisit. ) Today is my baby sister's bday so there's pix of her along with my nephew playing at the Waterfront Park in DTSD. Happy birthday, sister! #ProjectThisIs30
Before the day is over, I wanted to share my first post of a project that I thought up mid-fall to begin after my 30th bday but obviously didn't plan out so well. I figure if just throw it out now and refine in the future. Here's to #ProjectThisIs30