2016

Friday, Oct. 7

18th Soroptomist Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
This is so cool! Soroptimist International of Redding is raising money to help people in their community get mammograms. I’ll be entertaining them with jokes and really bad singing. If you live there, come to lunch!

Holiday Inn 1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA
Tickets: Kuebler’s Furniture on Churn Creek Road and Banner Real Estate on Hilltop Drive.

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Celebrate a new book packed with inspiration about real women

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Not that any of you guys are fake. It feels like a long time ago when I was lucky enough for photographer Andrea Leoncavallo to include me in her book, “She Inspires 365.” I had hair then and lots of it. Andrea’s the one who’s the inspiration. She photographed one woman each day for 365 days and filled a beautiful book with their images and stories. A few of my super-rad friends are in this book: Jackie Mathys, Joanie Quinn, Debbie Dodds and more.

Join us for Andrea’s book launch party. Here are all the details:

Book Signing Event
Saturday, April 18, 2015 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Cultured Caveman
8233 N. Denver Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Light refreshments from Cultured Caveman will be served. Prints from the project will be on display. Buy a book, and you get a FREE raffle ticket to win a gift certificate from Mother’s Bistro & Bar. If you are already receiving a book because you donated to the Kickstarter campaign you can come pick up your book and get a FREE raffle ticket :).

Hope to see you there!

The power of bathing suits

IMG_3727Every once in a while, I terrify myself. That means putting on a bathing suit. And for extra terror, it means getting in front of a camera in a bathing suit. Pre-cancer, I wore a Popina Swimwear retro bathing suit for a KATU story. This time, I was asked to “model” for a story in The Oregonian. I’ve got some fab new post-cancer pineapples (Thank you, Dr. Zegzula), but what if the rest of me looks like Jabba the Hut? I was about to find out.

Going to Popina Swimwear is such a positive experience because they have a gigantor range of suits, and they get it. The owner, Pamela Levenson, and her staff, know how to flatter whatever body part ails you. As a muffin-top-challenged, late 40-something woman, it felt great to hear: “You’ve got great curves. Now here’s what you do….”

They made me look great in a sweet streamlined tankini. The whole experience was refreshingly empowering, not terrifying. Do I look like an 18-year-old gymnast I used to be? Hell no. But seriously, who cares. Maybe this is the summer to enjoy just being around and quit wasting time fearing things like showing skin.

Calling all breast cancer survivors

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I won’t be wearing the hat. It costs too much to rent.

Breast cancer sucks. Let’s make fun of it at:

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) “Laughter Therapy” event at Mint next Wednesday, Jan. 14. (This is an event just for breast cancer survivors.) YSC is providing yummy appetizers and Mint’s the place with the freshest-made drinks in town. I’ll be grilling cancer and sharing how being a comedian helped me cope…a lot.

Facebook’s got all the details right here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/602749339824527/

In other news, I’ve joined the rest of American women overloaded with full-time employment, wife, mother, kids’ sports, blah blah. And you know what? It’s awesome, except for how information deflects off the windshield of my brain like a bug out of luck. I do really, really hope to bring back “Waiting for the Brazilian” somehow!

Update on Thursday night

Just to let you guys know, Thursday night at Mint is just for cancer survivors. I apologize for any confusion! So if you’re hopefully not part of that group, don’t go! Also, as much as I wish the event were another Brazilian show, it’s actually not. It’s more like girls’ night out with a side of cancer comedy. I am super sad “Waiting for the Brazilian” didn’t officially take off and am thinking of ways to get it going again. If you have any ideas, I’ll take ’em! Have a cozy Sunday!

One scan, two needles and two doctors

Haven’t heard from me in a while, but I just had to tell you: I got a C-scan today and it was clean! That doesn’t mean I’m out of cancer danger forever or anything. It just means that they thought they saw another hot spot, but it’s okay. Whew! Meanwhile, we’ve got one more mom going through breast cancer. I wanted to be the last one. I really did. My thoughts are with her all the time, and I’ll get my chance to return all those casseroles people brought us.

In other news, I work full-time now. “Working” as a stand-up comic is like “working” at a lemonade stand. It’s nice to join the rest of the world working my butt off and racing around all weekend getting groceries and laundry. The kids get bummed once in a while until I remind them about those new shoes I can now buy them.

Hope all of you are doing well. Thanks for all the support and love you gave us. Now it’s my turn to return all I can.