Welcome to Wildflower Warrior, friends! My name is Andrea, I’m a 35 year old woman, loving wife to Nick and the proud momma of two amazing little souls, Andrew and Owen. I’m inviting you to join me on my journey as I make my way through the bittersweet, beautiful mess of aggressive cancer.
Why? I know, to the core of my soul, that my cancer has changed my life path. Once a nurse, always a nurse; but now it goes so much deeper. I never thought, in a million years, that I’d be healing myself and that I’d be healing myself from aggressive, stage 4 cancer. Never did I think that I’d be healing myself from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a direct result of my diagnosis and the aftermath. Cancer is messy! So is life. I know that sharing my journey will help someone, if not many, to find their way through the ups and downs of life. And the best part is, we can do it together.
Prior to my diagnosis, I was a working mom with two pediatric nursing jobs. Ironic that I have a pediatric cancer, huh?! Prior to that I worked as a psychiatric RN. My life changed forever on April 17, 2019. I was pulled from my first MRI ever and told in twenty seconds (or less) that I had cancer. I was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. I completed standard treatment; one year of grueling chemo, a large surgery that has left me permanently disabled and six weeks of radiation. It wasn’t enough. In July of 2020 we found out that my cancer returned to my lung and further treatment would be needed. I had a successful lung surgery and have re-started chemo again in hopes to make it to durable remission.
As I embark on this next part of my journey, I hope and intend to use all means of healing. I’ve learned how important an integrative approach is; the whole person, mind/body/spirit/soul. This website is here for a variety of reasons. Many things that I’ll go into later. As you browse around on my site and continue to check in, you’ll notice that “Wildflower Warrior” will be evolving into something inspiring, soulful and full of love. I hope you’ll find a cozy, safe place here as we all navigate this beautiful, messy thing called life, together.
We have no words for the outpouring of love and support, in all forms, that we’ve received from our family, friends and community. We are forever grateful.
Be a wildflower, one that comes from nothing and grows into something. Sprout from the earth and from the rain that pounds on you and rise to be someone you are proud of.