The Story:

It’s my birthday today! Woot woot! My kids especially love birthdays, and they’re beyond excited for “Mama’s little parties”. For us, birthdays are one of the greatest reasons to gather as a family. This year is particularly poignant, though, and here’s why:

Some of you may know that I have been in and out of treatments for chronic disease for a while.

In 2004 my prognosis was <10 years.

In 2005 that changed to <5 years.

In 2007 I was given the awe-some gift of life via experimental meds that slowed progression and minimized symptoms. I celebrated at a followup appointment with a slice of cheesecake from the hospital cafeteria.

Then in 2014 it all came back with a vengeance. 

Now, on February 8th, 2015, the tumors are gone. Gone! I’ve reached the age I was twice told I would not reach. And we’re celebrating with cheesecake – homemade by my mother and father, both excellent cooks – all weekend. Marbled chocolate-vanilla and white chocolate raspberry? Yes, please!


The Fun Part: 

To celebrate this super-special birthday, I’m giving YOU a free organic lip balm with any order of $25 or more! Orders must be placed by 11:59pm PST today, February 8th, 2015. No coupon code needed, either. Please consider your balm a handmade un-birthday present from me to you!