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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  • April 12, 2013…. Both a day I’ll never forget, AND one I’ll never remember. 😳😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #melanoma #braintumors #fuckcancerfriday #uscbtc #mydocsrock #thankful
  • This tiny little beast decided to free itself from the waist band of my shorts today. I was unaware it happened, and only noticed when I had made it home. 🤨 Sooooo… out came the Brompton folding bike… and off I went to retrace my run. Pedaled the 3 miles. No run pod. 😞 Decided to loop the neighborhood as I had done a cool down walk on my way back in. There it was!!! Sitting in the road getting all sun tanned and enjoying its freedom from my sweaty run clothes. Sorry little pod, but you were made to keep my stats, and I will have no slacking!!! Nothing like an extra 4 miles on a folding bike to follow your easy 3 mile run day. 😑 #gadgetsgonerogue #bromptonbicycle #garminrunpod #firstworldproblems
  • Locals know this hill well. @andreea_cu_doi_de_ee  It’s particularly beautiful this time of year. Seasonal creeks, lush greenery, and flowers starting to pop up! 🐾🥰😎🌿💦 Slightly disturbing is the cluster of plotted home sites… sitting on deep beach sand at the bottom of a creek that drains in from three sides. I should hope the developer and county have gone over some industrial strength drainage plans. I foresee a batch of homes requiring patchwork and furniture replacement every 5-10 years. But hey… at the bargain price of 3/4 million dollars… you too can buy a creek central cracker box! 🤦🏼‍♀️🫢🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
  • 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
April 12, 2013…. Both a day I’ll never forget, AND one I’ll never remember. 😳😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #melanoma #braintumors #fuckcancerfriday #uscbtc #mydocsrock #thankful
April 12, 2013…. Both a day I’ll never forget, AND one I’ll never remember. 😳😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #melanoma #braintumors #fuckcancerfriday #uscbtc #mydocsrock #thankful
April 12, 2013…. Both a day I’ll never forget, AND one I’ll never remember. 😳😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #melanoma #braintumors #fuckcancerfriday #uscbtc #mydocsrock #thankful
April 12, 2013…. Both a day I’ll never forget, AND one I’ll never remember. 😳😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #melanoma #braintumors #fuckcancerfriday #uscbtc #mydocsrock #thankful
April 12, 2013…. Both a day I’ll never forget, AND one I’ll never remember. 😳😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #melanoma #braintumors #fuckcancerfriday #uscbtc #mydocsrock #thankful
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This tiny little beast decided to free itself from the waist band of my shorts today. I was unaware it happened, and only noticed when I had made it home. 🤨 Sooooo… out came the Brompton folding bike… and off I went to retrace my run. Pedaled the 3 miles. No run pod. 😞 Decided to loop the neighborhood as I had done a cool down walk on my way back in. There it was!!! Sitting in the road getting all sun tanned and enjoying its freedom from my sweaty run clothes. Sorry little pod, but you were made to keep my stats, and I will have no slacking!!! Nothing like an extra 4 miles on a folding bike to follow your easy 3 mile run day. 😑 #gadgetsgonerogue #bromptonbicycle #garminrunpod #firstworldproblems
This tiny little beast decided to free itself from the waist band of my shorts today. I was unaware it happened, and only noticed when I had made it home. 🤨 Sooooo… out came the Brompton folding bike… and off I went to retrace my run. Pedaled the 3 miles. No run pod. 😞 Decided to loop the neighborhood as I had done a cool down walk on my way back in. There it was!!! Sitting in the road getting all sun tanned and enjoying its freedom from my sweaty run clothes. Sorry little pod, but you were made to keep my stats, and I will have no slacking!!! Nothing like an extra 4 miles on a folding bike to follow your easy 3 mile run day. 😑 #gadgetsgonerogue #bromptonbicycle #garminrunpod #firstworldproblems
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Locals know this hill well. @andreea_cu_doi_de_ee  It’s particularly beautiful this time of year. Seasonal creeks, lush greenery, and flowers starting to pop up! 🐾🥰😎🌿💦 Slightly disturbing is the cluster of plotted home sites… sitting on deep beach sand at the bottom of a creek that drains in from three sides. I should hope the developer and county have gone over some industrial strength drainage plans. I foresee a batch of homes requiring patchwork and furniture replacement every 5-10 years. But hey… at the bargain price of 3/4 million dollars… you too can buy a creek central cracker box! 🤦🏼‍♀️🫢🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Locals know this hill well. @andreea_cu_doi_de_ee  It’s particularly beautiful this time of year. Seasonal creeks, lush greenery, and flowers starting to pop up! 🐾🥰😎🌿💦 Slightly disturbing is the cluster of plotted home sites… sitting on deep beach sand at the bottom of a creek that drains in from three sides. I should hope the developer and county have gone over some industrial strength drainage plans. I foresee a batch of homes requiring patchwork and furniture replacement every 5-10 years. But hey… at the bargain price of 3/4 million dollars… you too can buy a creek central cracker box! 🤦🏼‍♀️🫢🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Locals know this hill well. @andreea_cu_doi_de_ee  It’s particularly beautiful this time of year. Seasonal creeks, lush greenery, and flowers starting to pop up! 🐾🥰😎🌿💦 Slightly disturbing is the cluster of plotted home sites… sitting on deep beach sand at the bottom of a creek that drains in from three sides. I should hope the developer and county have gone over some industrial strength drainage plans. I foresee a batch of homes requiring patchwork and furniture replacement every 5-10 years. But hey… at the bargain price of 3/4 million dollars… you too can buy a creek central cracker box! 🤦🏼‍♀️🫢🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Locals know this hill well. @andreea_cu_doi_de_ee  It’s particularly beautiful this time of year. Seasonal creeks, lush greenery, and flowers starting to pop up! 🐾🥰😎🌿💦 Slightly disturbing is the cluster of plotted home sites… sitting on deep beach sand at the bottom of a creek that drains in from three sides. I should hope the developer and county have gone over some industrial strength drainage plans. I foresee a batch of homes requiring patchwork and furniture replacement every 5-10 years. But hey… at the bargain price of 3/4 million dollars… you too can buy a creek central cracker box! 🤦🏼‍♀️🫢🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Locals know this hill well. @andreea_cu_doi_de_ee It’s particularly beautiful this time of year. Seasonal creeks, lush greenery, and flowers starting to pop up! 🐾🥰😎🌿💦 Slightly disturbing is the cluster of plotted home sites… sitting on deep beach sand at the bottom of a creek that drains in from three sides. I should hope the developer and county have gone over some industrial strength drainage plans. I foresee a batch of homes requiring patchwork and furniture replacement every 5-10 years. But hey… at the bargain price of 3/4 million dollars… you too can buy a creek central cracker box! 🤦🏼‍♀️🫢🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
2 months ago
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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
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
2 months ago
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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. 🤔☠️😎
2 months ago
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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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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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