When cancer strikes, life changes. You have to learn to live with a “new normal”… cancer’s new normal.

I get asked pretty regularly, "Do you ever feel like all of this is just not fair?". Mostly... no. I feel "changed", but not necessarily for the worse. I appreciate more of the little things that I used overlook in my busy day to day life. More importantly, I feel that I've been dealt an opportunity to better understand research and the complexities of cancers that go "unseen" by most. I'd like to help people understand how important science and research are, how "cancer" is NOT one disease, but how we can have similarities in our journeys, and how sometimes... good can arise from the bad.

As cancer patients and caregivers, you'll hear and read plenty of negative things. Sometimes the negativity is in the form of forced positivity! You don't have to be toxically positive. Cancer sucks. But it does help to see, hear, and understand, that people do make it through the rollercoaster ride. Some days you'll have to work harder than others to see the sunshine through the clouds, or find the good intent in a seemingly gruff well wish... but it's there. When life is upended, looking at it through new lenses... through cancer's new normal... you just might find, that you've got a lot more great little moments of joy than you used to see.

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Whether you are seeking a place to learn more about your diagnosis, a place to find a comforting chat forum, or the latest in immunotherapy or medical news... you'll find a few sites here to seek helpful information and general overviews of the latest treatments, research and clinical trials.

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Niki’s Story

Hi! I’m Niki. I worked many years in radio as a morning dj. Along with regular fits of laughter, what I loved most about the job was the opportunity to meet so many people, and hopefully, impact lives in a positive way. As

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Healthy Living

A cancer diagnosis is incredibly stressful for patients and caregivers alike. You know what stress is horrible for? Your immune system. You know what makes cancer treatments more difficult? A weakened immune system. As patients we want to remain as

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Comin’ at CIM like… BOOM! This week’s long run was a refreshing down week before next week’s “add again”. So nice to have the cooler fooooog! 😶‍🌫️😜👏🏻👟

CIM gear selected and tested. Just need to add some artwork to the shirt. 👍🏻 I will be SO difficult to miss on course! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😎 #road2cim #letsdothis #oldladyrunning #runninglikeawrinkly
Comin’ at CIM like… BOOM! This week’s long run was a refreshing down week before next week’s “add again”. So nice to have the cooler fooooog! 😶‍🌫️😜👏🏻👟

CIM gear selected and tested. Just need to add some artwork to the shirt. 👍🏻 I will be SO difficult to miss on course! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😎 #road2cim #letsdothis #oldladyrunning #runninglikeawrinkly
Comin’ at CIM like… BOOM! This week’s long run was a refreshing down week before next week’s “add again”. So nice to have the cooler fooooog! 😶‍🌫️😜👏🏻👟

CIM gear selected and tested. Just need to add some artwork to the shirt. 👍🏻 I will be SO difficult to miss on course! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😎 #road2cim #letsdothis #oldladyrunning #runninglikeawrinkly
Comin’ at CIM like… BOOM! This week’s long run was a refreshing down week before next week’s “add again”. So nice to have the cooler fooooog! 😶‍🌫️😜👏🏻👟 CIM gear selected and tested. Just need to add some artwork to the shirt. 👍🏻 I will be SO difficult to miss on course! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😎 #road2cim #letsdothis #oldladyrunning #runninglikeawrinkly
1 week ago
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1/16
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
Clean brain report going into a weekend of running (and poor football pool picks 😬)! #runsheisbeautiful Santa Barbara on Saturday. Could not love this well put together, super inspiring, cheerful event more. #highlyrecommend⭐️ Sunday run day was more painful and poorly prepped. All my fault, but 16 very challenging, barely made it, #road2cim training miles, in the books! 😫☠️😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Busy week ahead with #braintumor workshop and #bt5klosangeles planning! Let’s dooooooo this! But first… let’s have a snack and a nap! 🤷🏼‍♀️😎😂
2 weeks ago
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2/16
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 

Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂

Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️

Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
Thank goodness for a “down week”… because wow did it get warm fast! Had a great time with the #tfbrunch scavenger hunt! What a great way to keep #headuppacedown on a long run! 👏🏻👟👍🏻😎 Couldn’t find a doggo or kitty! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did spot a bunny in the yard though… sooo… “critter selfie” included. 😂 Also… although this area is ag, and we are LOADED with porto-potties… most all of them are behind fences, and in use by field workers hard at work. Sooooo… I really had to keep my head on a swivel to find one in a construction zone. Thankfully it was unoccupied and unlocked! 👏🏻🙌🏻😝 Yes, @runningschmidt I gave 101% to get that snap for you! 🫣💪🏻☠️ Anyone who enjoys walking or running should really get to know these ladies and this podcast Time for bRUNch! Podcast - The bRUNch Crew. I promise, your workouts will be so much more entertaining. 😜 #dontbeadouche #road2cim
1 month ago
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3/16
4 easy miles that didn’t feel so easy. 😬 On the bright side, I got to see my neighbor’s dogs on my cool down walk. Sent them back to the house with a proper coat of “waffle fur” from leaning against the fence for extended ear scratch time. 🥰🤭😂😍 #road2cim #petallthedogs
4 easy miles that didn’t feel so easy. 😬 On the bright side, I got to see my neighbor’s dogs on my cool down walk. Sent them back to the house with a proper coat of “waffle fur” from leaning against the fence for extended ear scratch time. 🥰🤭😂😍 #road2cim #petallthedogs
4 easy miles that didn’t feel so easy. 😬 On the bright side, I got to see my neighbor’s dogs on my cool down walk. Sent them back to the house with a proper coat of “waffle fur” from leaning against the fence for extended ear scratch time. 🥰🤭😂😍 #road2cim #petallthedogs
1 month ago
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4/16
We got flocked last night! 🤔😂 🦩 🦩🦩🦩🦩🦩🦩 I searched the front porch and mailbox for a ransom note, but came up empty handed. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Maybe they just flew in on their own to pick at the bugs in the lawn. 🤔😝 A few of them look more robust and healthy than the others… perhaps one of them is a flock leader I can question. 😎 Short of paying for eradication, does anyone have any tasty bbq bird recipes? 🤷🏼‍♀️🦩🤤😬🫢🤣 #flamingoflocked
We got flocked last night! 🤔😂 🦩 🦩🦩🦩🦩🦩🦩 I searched the front porch and mailbox for a ransom note, but came up empty handed. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Maybe they just flew in on their own to pick at the bugs in the lawn. 🤔😝 A few of them look more robust and healthy than the others… perhaps one of them is a flock leader I can question. 😎 Short of paying for eradication, does anyone have any tasty bbq bird recipes? 🤷🏼‍♀️🦩🤤😬🫢🤣 #flamingoflocked
2 months ago
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5/16
Run fun! Run done! Highly recommend the podcast from these two “ladies”… gals, chicks, broads, not sure how to put a label on these lovelies… because the conversation runs the gamut. Guaranteed good time. #timeforbRUNch #podcast #marathontraining #road2cim #enjoyingoutside  https://open.spotify.com/show/4R76lwWikZvxCyRuajtPeB?si=kn9eqhJiRemQjswKKpkWXA
Run fun! Run done! Highly recommend the podcast from these two “ladies”… gals, chicks, broads, not sure how to put a label on these lovelies… because the conversation runs the gamut. Guaranteed good time. #timeforbRUNch #podcast #marathontraining #road2cim #enjoyingoutside  https://open.spotify.com/show/4R76lwWikZvxCyRuajtPeB?si=kn9eqhJiRemQjswKKpkWXA
Run fun! Run done! Highly recommend the podcast from these two “ladies”… gals, chicks, broads, not sure how to put a label on these lovelies… because the conversation runs the gamut. Guaranteed good time. #timeforbRUNch #podcast #marathontraining #road2cim #enjoyingoutside  https://open.spotify.com/show/4R76lwWikZvxCyRuajtPeB?si=kn9eqhJiRemQjswKKpkWXA
Run fun! Run done! Highly recommend the podcast from these two “ladies”… gals, chicks, broads, not sure how to put a label on these lovelies… because the conversation runs the gamut. Guaranteed good time. #timeforbRUNch #podcast #marathontraining #road2cim #enjoyingoutside  https://open.spotify.com/show/4R76lwWikZvxCyRuajtPeB?si=kn9eqhJiRemQjswKKpkWXA
Run fun! Run done! Highly recommend the podcast from these two “ladies”… gals, chicks, broads, not sure how to put a label on these lovelies… because the conversation runs the gamut. Guaranteed good time. #timeforbRUNch #podcast #marathontraining #road2cim #enjoyingoutside https://open.spotify.com/show/4R76lwWikZvxCyRuajtPeB?si=kn9eqhJiRemQjswKKpkWXA
2 months ago
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6/16
So you're ready to make some brains smile... huh? THANKS!

Niki's brain (and body) are joining the BT5K fun run (yes, running is FUN!) benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association.  Money raised with this BT5K provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supporting patient care.

And if you know Niki's brain... you know it's allllllll about science, research, and bringing smiles!!! If you don't know Niki's brain... scroll through the photos. You'll understand how much smiling brains mean. **and yes… that is indeed an MRI image of my cranial contents**

Please help me help others via the ABTA, by making a donation. The process is fast, easy and secure. 

https://give.abta.org/brainsmiles
So you're ready to make some brains smile... huh? THANKS!

Niki's brain (and body) are joining the BT5K fun run (yes, running is FUN!) benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association.  Money raised with this BT5K provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supporting patient care.

And if you know Niki's brain... you know it's allllllll about science, research, and bringing smiles!!! If you don't know Niki's brain... scroll through the photos. You'll understand how much smiling brains mean. **and yes… that is indeed an MRI image of my cranial contents**

Please help me help others via the ABTA, by making a donation. The process is fast, easy and secure. 

https://give.abta.org/brainsmiles
So you're ready to make some brains smile... huh? THANKS!

Niki's brain (and body) are joining the BT5K fun run (yes, running is FUN!) benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association.  Money raised with this BT5K provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supporting patient care.

And if you know Niki's brain... you know it's allllllll about science, research, and bringing smiles!!! If you don't know Niki's brain... scroll through the photos. You'll understand how much smiling brains mean. **and yes… that is indeed an MRI image of my cranial contents**

Please help me help others via the ABTA, by making a donation. The process is fast, easy and secure. 

https://give.abta.org/brainsmiles
So you're ready to make some brains smile... huh? THANKS!

Niki's brain (and body) are joining the BT5K fun run (yes, running is FUN!) benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association.  Money raised with this BT5K provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supporting patient care.

And if you know Niki's brain... you know it's allllllll about science, research, and bringing smiles!!! If you don't know Niki's brain... scroll through the photos. You'll understand how much smiling brains mean. **and yes… that is indeed an MRI image of my cranial contents**

Please help me help others via the ABTA, by making a donation. The process is fast, easy and secure. 

https://give.abta.org/brainsmiles
So you're ready to make some brains smile... huh? THANKS! Niki's brain (and body) are joining the BT5K fun run (yes, running is FUN!) benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association. Money raised with this BT5K provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supporting patient care. And if you know Niki's brain... you know it's allllllll about science, research, and bringing smiles!!! If you don't know Niki's brain... scroll through the photos. You'll understand how much smiling brains mean. **and yes… that is indeed an MRI image of my cranial contents** Please help me help others via the ABTA, by making a donation. The process is fast, easy and secure. https://give.abta.org/brainsmiles
2 months ago
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7/16
So hey… It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. 💪🏻💥😛 Hubs brought home some “Nancy B’s” on his return from Pittsburgh. I’d share… buuuuuut… these are pretty much crack, and I will throw down if anyone touches them. 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Love you all, but go get your own. 🤣☠️😂🖕🏻#nancybcookies #running #roadtocim #chocolatechip
So hey… It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. 💪🏻💥😛 Hubs brought home some “Nancy B’s” on his return from Pittsburgh. I’d share… buuuuuut… these are pretty much crack, and I will throw down if anyone touches them. 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Love you all, but go get your own. 🤣☠️😂🖕🏻#nancybcookies #running #roadtocim #chocolatechip
So hey… It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. 💪🏻💥😛 Hubs brought home some “Nancy B’s” on his return from Pittsburgh. I’d share… buuuuuut… these are pretty much crack, and I will throw down if anyone touches them. 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Love you all, but go get your own. 🤣☠️😂🖕🏻#nancybcookies #running #roadtocim #chocolatechip
So hey… It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. 💪🏻💥😛 Hubs brought home some “Nancy B’s” on his return from Pittsburgh. I’d share… buuuuuut… these are pretty much crack, and I will throw down if anyone touches them. 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Love you all, but go get your own. 🤣☠️😂🖕🏻#nancybcookies #running #roadtocim #chocolatechip
So hey… It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. 💪🏻💥😛 Hubs brought home some “Nancy B’s” on his return from Pittsburgh. I’d share… buuuuuut… these are pretty much crack, and I will throw down if anyone touches them. 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Love you all, but go get your own. 🤣☠️😂🖕🏻#nancybcookies #running #roadtocim #chocolatechip
2 months ago
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8/16
4 miles “Running Scared” with Coach Christine….. How am I going to trust closing my eyes for a shower now? 😳 Head up… eyes forward… camera looking over your shoulder. 🫣🤣👏🏻🙌🏻 #road2cim #runningpodcast #chargingon  @runwinefinishlines
4 miles “Running Scared” with Coach Christine….. How am I going to trust closing my eyes for a shower now? 😳 Head up… eyes forward… camera looking over your shoulder. 🫣🤣👏🏻🙌🏻 #road2cim #runningpodcast #chargingon  @runwinefinishlines
4 miles “Running Scared” with Coach Christine….. How am I going to trust closing my eyes for a shower now? 😳 Head up… eyes forward… camera looking over your shoulder. 🫣🤣👏🏻🙌🏻 #road2cim #runningpodcast #chargingon @runwinefinishlines
2 months ago
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9/16
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
I know back in 2010 after SBI Marathon, I said I was going to be “one and done” for 26.2 miles. But that was before the brain damage and loss of lung lobe. Now I kind of have to show my body that it can’t treat me like an A-hole and get away with it! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Sooo… here we go again! #road2cim #cim2022 #feelslikethefirsttime #brainmets #melanomasurvivor #mydocsrock #iamunbreakable #wantmylungback #runcalifornia🐻 #letsdothis #marathontraining … again. 😳😜😎🫣🤷🏼‍♀️ Just want to FINISH. Looking forward to having FUN with it. 🥰 #runforfun🏃‍♀️ #26.2
2 months ago
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10/16
No explanation needed. 🇺🇸
No explanation needed. 🇺🇸
3 months ago
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11/16
Let the drooling begin! 🤤 😆 Checking to see if this #melanoma thing is genetic, or just sheer bad luck for three generations. 🤔🤦🏼‍♀️🫠 HUGE thanks to #myfaultygene for all of the help pointing me in the right direction and clarifying any questions I had before they were even asked! 👏🏻🙌🏻🧬 #science #research #geneticsinfo
Let the drooling begin! 🤤 😆 Checking to see if this #melanoma thing is genetic, or just sheer bad luck for three generations. 🤔🤦🏼‍♀️🫠 HUGE thanks to #myfaultygene for all of the help pointing me in the right direction and clarifying any questions I had before they were even asked! 👏🏻🙌🏻🧬 #science #research #geneticsinfo
3 months ago
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12/16
Thanks #genucan ! Global Running Day treats have arrived just in time to give them a try this weekend! 👏🏻🙌🏻 #runner #fuelyourbody #recovery
Thanks #genucan ! Global Running Day treats have arrived just in time to give them a try this weekend! 👏🏻🙌🏻 #runner #fuelyourbody #recovery
4 months ago
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13/16
Apparently it’s dinner time. #bunnies #quail There goes the lawn. 😬🫣
Apparently it’s dinner time. #bunnies #quail There goes the lawn. 😬🫣
Apparently it’s dinner time. #bunnies #quail There goes the lawn. 😬🫣
Apparently it’s dinner time. #bunnies #quail There goes the lawn. 😬🫣
4 months ago
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14/16
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning  Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning  Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning  Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning  Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning  Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning  Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
Some of us are just as loud as our shoes. 53… acting 10. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤪👏🏻🙌🏻😜😎🤣👋🏻🫠 Five miles for #globalrunningday with Coach Casey @chargerunning Had a few other coaches jump in for the run and chit chat fun too! #runningcrew #runalonetogether @genucan It’s also the first day of National Cancer Survivor’s month! How fitting you tack that right onto the heels of “Melanoma May” and May being brain tumor awareness month! Good gracious!!! #celebratelife #beloud #melanoma #survivor #braintumorsurvivor #runforfun #sweatybetty #brainfriedbetty
4 months ago
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15/16
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻

Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
What else ya got to do today? Went out with a goal run of “enjoying the fresh air”. #Chargerunning run started with Derby chat. Smell the roses… run for them… whatever… it was done. 🐎🌹🏃‍♀️👏🏻🙌🏻 Did you guys know there is a horse named “Cyberknife” running today? Me neither! Gotta back that 🐴 👏🏻🙌🏻 Leaping Charge Run to Charge Run today, I came across sheep, roses, strawberry fields, aaaaaand made it through “little league alley” without a mirror strike to the shoulder! #winning 😆💪🏻🏃‍♀️ Time for some foooooood… and maybe catching some NatGeo “learning tv”. 😛 #naturefreak #jaguars
5 months ago
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16/16

Niki News Update…

Let’s see… where did we leave off? Ahhhhh yes, an iffy brain MRI and a pending “neck to knees” CT. Short and sweet of how things came out: GRRRRREAT!  Sincerely. They’re as wonderful as one could hope. “Neck to knees”

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