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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  • I got some side eye for getting too close while someone was trying to enjoy the peaceful view. Why does this beautiful creature not understand how much I want to pet it on its feathery little head? 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 #hawks #naturepets
  • “Hey Niki… HR gonna need a word…” 🤣 When autocorrect sends your colleague a more interesting than intended text message. 😳🫢🫣🤣☠️😂 #radio not #tv WHEW! 😅 #HRAlert ☠️🤷🏼‍♀️🤣
  • February flight to my crew at “fight on”. Six month brain check. Still here. Still housing the same encephalomalacia. 🤪😂😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Two spots hanging out stable for an extra extended period of time. Seems like they go away if I name them. Apparently my lesions don’t like being singled out like that. Going to have to start picking through unpopular baby names, and see what I can come up with. 🤔☠️😎
  • Internet fist bump to this Cali gone Nashville sensation....... #grandoleopry and a HOT new single out today! @pryorbaird #mightametagirl 🔥👏🎸https://www.todayscountrymagazine.com/index.php/reviews/single-reviews/3995-single-review-pryor-baird-mighta-met-a-girl
  • #lunchiemunchies #socalwinterstruggles
  • Spotted a perfectly nice 1x4 on the side of the road while heading out for my run. Brain starts going over the multitude of things this could be repurposed into. Planter box for wee succulents. Bar stool seat. Side table top. Photo frame. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Soooo… on the run back home… I picked it up and ran the final 1/2 mile to the neighborhood gates. Proceeded to walk the rest of the way home, board in hand. Neighbor out calling is dog back in… “What’s your stick for?” 😬😂 I gave him the short list of potentials. He smiled and said “Looks like a perfectly good board!” Hopefully that means he doesn’t think I’m utterly bonkers. 🤣😎 #runnerbrain #projects #craftygirl
  • Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
  • Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
I got some side eye for getting too close while someone was trying to enjoy the peaceful view. Why does this beautiful creature not understand how much I want to pet it on its feathery little head? 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 #hawks #naturepets
I got some side eye for getting too close while someone was trying to enjoy the peaceful view. Why does this beautiful creature not understand how much I want to pet it on its feathery little head? 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 #hawks #naturepets
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“Hey Niki… HR gonna need a word…” 🤣 When autocorrect sends your colleague a more interesting than intended text message. 😳🫢🫣🤣☠️😂 #radio not #tv WHEW! 😅 #HRAlert ☠️🤷🏼‍♀️🤣
“Hey Niki… HR gonna need a word…” 🤣 When autocorrect sends your colleague a more interesting than intended text message. 😳🫢🫣🤣☠️😂 #radio not #tv WHEW! 😅 #HRAlert ☠️🤷🏼‍♀️🤣
“Hey Niki… HR gonna need a word…” 🤣 When autocorrect sends your colleague a more interesting than intended text message. 😳🫢🫣🤣☠️😂 #radio not #tv WHEW! 😅 #HRAlert ☠️🤷🏼‍♀️🤣
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February flight to my crew at “fight on”. Six month brain check. Still here. Still housing the same encephalomalacia. 🤪😂😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Two spots hanging out stable for an extra extended period of time. Seems like they go away if I name them. Apparently my lesions don’t like being singled out like that. Going to have to start picking through unpopular baby names, and see what I can come up with. 🤔☠️😎
February flight to my crew at “fight on”. Six month brain check. Still here. Still housing the same encephalomalacia. 🤪😂😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Two spots hanging out stable for an extra extended period of time. Seems like they go away if I name them. Apparently my lesions don’t like being singled out like that. Going to have to start picking through unpopular baby names, and see what I can come up with. 🤔☠️😎
February flight to my crew at “fight on”. Six month brain check. Still here. Still housing the same encephalomalacia. 🤪😂😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Two spots hanging out stable for an extra extended period of time. Seems like they go away if I name them. Apparently my lesions don’t like being singled out like that. Going to have to start picking through unpopular baby names, and see what I can come up with. 🤔☠️😎
February flight to my crew at “fight on”. Six month brain check. Still here. Still housing the same encephalomalacia. 🤪😂😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Two spots hanging out stable for an extra extended period of time. Seems like they go away if I name them. Apparently my lesions don’t like being singled out like that. Going to have to start picking through unpopular baby names, and see what I can come up with. 🤔☠️😎
February flight to my crew at “fight on”. Six month brain check. Still here. Still housing the same encephalomalacia. 🤪😂😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Two spots hanging out stable for an extra extended period of time. Seems like they go away if I name them. Apparently my lesions don’t like being singled out like that. Going to have to start picking through unpopular baby names, and see what I can come up with. 🤔☠️😎
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Internet fist bump to this Cali gone Nashville sensation....... #grandoleopry and a HOT new single out today! @pryorbaird #mightametagirl 🔥👏🎸https://www.todayscountrymagazine.com/index.php/reviews/single-reviews/3995-single-review-pryor-baird-mighta-met-a-girl
Internet fist bump to this Cali gone Nashville sensation....... #grandoleopry and a HOT new single out today! @pryorbaird #mightametagirl 🔥👏🎸https://www.todayscountrymagazine.com/index.php/reviews/single-reviews/3995-single-review-pryor-baird-mighta-met-a-girl
Internet fist bump to this Cali gone Nashville sensation....... #grandoleopry and a HOT new single out today! @pryorbaird #mightametagirl 🔥👏🎸https://www.todayscountrymagazine.com/index.php/reviews/single-reviews/3995-single-review-pryor-baird-mighta-met-a-girl
Internet fist bump to this Cali gone Nashville sensation....... #grandoleopry and a HOT new single out today! @pryorbaird #mightametagirl 🔥👏🎸https://www.todayscountrymagazine.com/index.php/reviews/single-reviews/3995-single-review-pryor-baird-mighta-met-a-girl
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#lunchiemunchies #socalwinterstruggles
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#lunchiemunchies #socalwinterstruggles
#lunchiemunchies #socalwinterstruggles
#lunchiemunchies #socalwinterstruggles
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Spotted a perfectly nice 1x4 on the side of the road while heading out for my run. Brain starts going over the multitude of things this could be repurposed into. Planter box for wee succulents. Bar stool seat. Side table top. Photo frame. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Soooo… on the run back home… I picked it up and ran the final 1/2 mile to the neighborhood gates. Proceeded to walk the rest of the way home, board in hand. Neighbor out calling is dog back in… “What’s your stick for?” 😬😂 I gave him the short list of potentials. He smiled and said “Looks like a perfectly good board!” Hopefully that means he doesn’t think I’m utterly bonkers. 🤣😎 #runnerbrain #projects #craftygirl
Spotted a perfectly nice 1x4 on the side of the road while heading out for my run. Brain starts going over the multitude of things this could be repurposed into. Planter box for wee succulents. Bar stool seat. Side table top. Photo frame. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Soooo… on the run back home… I picked it up and ran the final 1/2 mile to the neighborhood gates. Proceeded to walk the rest of the way home, board in hand. Neighbor out calling is dog back in… “What’s your stick for?” 😬😂 I gave him the short list of potentials. He smiled and said “Looks like a perfectly good board!” Hopefully that means he doesn’t think I’m utterly bonkers. 🤣😎 #runnerbrain #projects #craftygirl
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Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW!

Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course.

The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜

Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃

#runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
Santa Barbara Half Marathon today. After clawing through a broken ankle during training, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR. Add on that the course has two relentless extended hill sections, I figured I should try to shoot for “Have fun”. But in order to give the hubs an approximate finish time... I told him “Figure 2:15-2:20”. Official finish was 2:14:42 WHEW! Great friends (and best cheer squad pup ever!!!) to have a late breakfast with... and a few unexpected cheering faces along the course. The hubs, who has recently come back to running after a 20 year hiatus (he switched to cycling), managed to take 5th place in his age group (see final photo) with a much speedier than expected 5k... aaaaand he still had the energy to run with me during the final mile of my half! Still trying to convince him that he could 1/2 marathon again someday. He was perfectly fine on the 11.6 mile “death march” hike in Yosemite... which was harder than this half. Next year... neeeeext year... 😁🫢😜 Santa Barbara... runcation destination. Anyone in for next year? 😎🙃 #runfun #friends #coupleswhoruntogether #fcancer #santabarbarahalf
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Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain  #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
Rough day scoping out my upcoming “double event” weekend. #savingthebrain #abta #santabarbarahalfmarathon
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Niki News Update…

I’m finding that the more “positively negative” my body and brain remain, the less need there is to update outside of what you can find on my social media accounts. You can access my Instagram account on this page, as

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