Cancer Shmancer, I have a plan now!

I’m a Cancer Survivor. Six years as a matter of fact. I survived Breast Cancer. My mom also survived Cancer, FOUR times. Three Breast and one Uterine Cancer. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my cancer. Whether it’s physically how my body changes or mentally, what I went through. I don’t always talk about it but yah, it’s just always kinda there. I’m gonna guess most Cancer Survivors feel the same way! I tried to look at my diagnosis though as a second chance at life. Another chance to do better, be better and live life better. That’s why I was kind of excited to find out about a new plan for me…a new online program called the iTHRIVEplan. Cancer Survivors (that’s me!) can receive individualized, daily guidance on our journey to holistic wellness via this new online program.

Let me be honest and tell you why I need the iThriveplan. I’ve been kind of stressed out and not sleeping so great lately. Nothing bad really, just lots of good changes and fun stuff going on with our family but it has me much busier than normal. I guess that it’s made me feel a little stressed out and overwhelmed. I’m a decently healthy person too and wellness is a big deal to me, my husband and our family. We eat right mooooost of the time, use essential oils, try and stay away from yucky products in our home and we TRY to stay active. Noone is perfect! 😉 

I usually like to walk for exercise because I am sooooo NOT a “gym person,” but I haven’t walked in MONNNNTHS! When I broke my foot back in August, I was kind of trapped. I wasn’t motivated to do anything because I couldn’t drive and since I couldn’t walk for exercise, much less walk period, I just sort of retreated. Since I work from home, it was a perfect excuse to stay in hiding while recovering from my broken foot. As soon as I got the boot off though, I felt FREE, but my Doctor told me I still couldn’t exercise-walk for a few more months and man, that super bummed me out. I realized I needed to do something. The lack of movement was starting to make me feel like a blob and was definitely not helping with my stress.

So when I heard about the ITHRIVEplan, it was perfect timing because I needed to do SOMETHING!! The iThriveplan is the first and only physician-developed and -endorsed online program of its kind to provide cancer survivors with dynamic, interactive wellness plans tailored to their unique health needs. So Survivors receive online health guidance in five key areas – diet, movement, environment, rejuvenation and spirit – to help them heal from treatment, reduce the risk of recurrence and achieve optimal health. I am alllll about this. In fact, this is what we talk about in our family, constantly trying to better ourselves and our health!

To receive your personalized wellness plans, cancer survivors first complete a survey answering questions in six categories (health, diet, movement, environment, rejuvenation and spirit). Based on each person’s responses, iTHRIVEPlan presents users with a simple, easy-to-follow wellness roadmap that is broken down one action step at a time. The online resource is co-created by respected integrative health publisher Karolyn A. Gazella and Dr. Lise Alschuler, a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology. Both Karolyn and Lise are Cancer Survivors too. Woot! Woot! See, it’s like a club. We’re all connected by our Survivorship!

I received my personalized wellness plan from my iTHRIVEplan and yahhhh, I definitely need some help in the movement and rejuvenation department, so each day so I committed to doing two action steps to help with both of my wellness issues. It’s been such a great reminder to walk away from my laptop and take a break every few hours. Ya know…MOVE! I’ve also committed to taking the dog for a short walk every morning until I’m cleared to go back to Forrest Gump exercise walking again. Ha! I also feel like since I get worked up quickly about stressful things having this daily reminder makes me pay more attention to my breathing and to take slower and deeper breaths. Being on the iTHRIVEplan holds me accountable daily to my commitment to wellness and I love it! 

Some of the other online tools that are out there are limited by generic, one-size-fits-all wellness strategies and that doesn’t always work because what might work for me, may not work for say my mom or for you…and vice versa. The creators of iTHRIVEplan sought to offer a solution that offers fresh, fun, and personalized daily action steps designed to keep users actively engaged. The iTHRIVEplan is available to Survivors for $8.99/month and more information can be found at

I’m secretly happy during this Holiday season to be doing a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for me. What a welcomed changed with how crazy and overwhelming this time can be. I actually get kind of excited to log in to my iTHRIVEplan everyday and see what my daily action step is gonna be. It’s a good reminder that in order to keep being the Survivor that I am, I’m gonna need to take better care of myself and what a nice Christmas gift that is to me…and my family! Healthy wife = happy life! Or as my husband says, happy wife = happy life! 😉

XO Surviving Mommy 

(Editor’s note to my Surviving Mommy readers: Because I’m a Cancer Survivor, iTHRIVEplan partnered with me to share this information with you, as well as other Survivors and the Survivor in your life. As I always say…opinions are my own and Surviving Mommy ONLY has relationships with brands and companies that truly represent my family and me. #ad) 

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  • You need to do something for yourself. I only hope that in 6 years I can celebrate my Daughter being a survivor. She was recently diagnosed with a tumor on one of her kidneys. Take care of yourself first because who else is gonna be able to do it.

  • Taylor says:

    I’m so thrilled you’re doing this Cindy! IThrive sounds fantastic!! It’s incredible how important exercise and managing stress is for overall health. Thanks for sharing your wellness journey with us!

  • Des says:

    So smart. I’m going to look deeper into this for myself and my family. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  • Michele says:

    I have always heard that a positive attitude helps with your health. I’m glad you are doing this for you! Good luck on your new journey! I know you will rock this just like everything else you do! God Bless!

  • Dotty J Boucher says:

    I havn’t read this whole page, just commenting on the bit that I did read and what was from my email, I have to think that having
    a positive attitude does help in so many ways, But I have to say I am super super happy about you and your mom, I am so happy that
    you beat cancer, I wish more would..

    • Diane says:

      Thank you Dotty Boucher for your last sentence. I have breast cancer that has spread. It is called Stage 4 metastatic cancer. I am a single mom raising 2 boys with little help from their father. I work part-time, take care of a small home and my 2 boys relying on God the entire time. I go to regular visits with my oncologist. Thank you for acknowledging those who have “not beat cancer.”

  • Tami says:

    You go, Cindy!!! May you continue to be the best YOU that you can be!!!

  • Ashley Davis says:

    This looks like an awesome program. I am so proud of you for always looking out to make your life better. Our health is so important and it is so important to show your girls how to take care of themselves! You rock!

  • Auntiepatch says:

    Cancer! Ugh! Blessings on you and your family.

  • Judy Thomas says:

    You are awesome! I love your attitude 🙂

  • molli taylor says:

    this is a great idea nad i am so glad you are doing it. soundsl ike itshelping a lot

  • Nancy Burgess says:

    Sounds like a great program. I’m going to look into it.

  • sihem says:

    great attitude

  • Kara Marks says:

    Congrats on your 6 yrs.–I’m a 5-yr. survivor of breast cancer so far. I didn’t know about this iThrive plan either, so ty for letting us know about it.

  • Shelly Barber says:

    I’ve lost so many family members to cancer. I love to hear survival stories. It uplifts me and gives me hope

  • Lyndsey R. says:

    Cancer is the worst thing ever! Glad to hear you are a survivor and taking necessary precautions to stay that way! This sounds like a great company!

  • Terry Poage says:

    So happy for you that you survived. Now take the time and do things for yourself.

  • Ann Cluck says:

    Congratulations on the surviving!! My sister is a lung cancer survivor of 3 yrs! Attitude has a whole lot to do with it. I am going to share this program with her.

  • Sara Theissen says:

    Congrats on your accomplishments!

  • Karen says:

    Congratulations. My best friend just had a mastectomy and we are working through this. Thanks

  • Awesome for you for kicking cancer’s butt! Hubby is 4 years out now and cancer free.

  • Saundra McKenzie says:

    Congrats on six years. This is an amazing program.

  • Jennifer Truong says:

    Congratulations! Love your positivity

  • Liv Jørgensdottir says:

    Rejoice and be glad for the Saviour has been born! Merry Christmas and a prosperous and fun-filled New Year!

  • Adriane says:

    Cancer sucks. I’ve lost too many family and friends to it. My mom was a survivor. My father was not. Blessings to you in the New Year that you do indeed thrive!

  • Natalie says:

    Congrats on being a survivor! It will only make you stronger!

  • Nerea says:

    Congrats! 😀 This post is full of energy ^^

  • Kristen Schwarz says:

    So happy that you made it through!

  • Jeanna Massman says:

    Cancer warriors and survivors are real heroes in my book!

  • Lauryn R says:

    Congratulations on being cancer free now! You are an amazing woman!! 🙂 My aunt is also a breast cancer survivor and I have an extreme amount of respect for women who have to go through this terrible time.

  • Angela September says:

    Congratulations on being such a strong woman AND a survivor!! Absolutely motivating!

  • Bridget Breslin says:

    Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on 6 years! I am 4 years cancer-free this year. I lost my mom to cancer as a child and my dad to cancer related complications a few years ago. I will check this program out. I often feel like I am doing this survivor thing allllll wrong.

  • Charlene says:

    Congratulations! I’m a cancer survivor as well (14 years and counting). I know how exciting it is to have each year pass and have a clean mammogram. I wish I could say we don’t have to worry about it any more but unfortunately we know that’s not true. I hope as each year passes they come up with a cure.

  • kathi bennett says:

    So glad you are a survivor,congrats on 6 years sounds like a good plan for you to rely on.

  • Sue E says:

    I too am a cancer survivor and fighter!
    I could write a book of what I have gone through!! My problem is like yours – mobility!! I had surgery on my spine. They could only decompress it. So I’ve had radiation, chemo, a stem cell transplant and much more! I am on a lot of morphine for the pain. Arthritis has set in not only in my spine, but other bone joints in my body. So mobility is very hard and I don’t drive anymore! I am virtually a prisoner in my own body and I need to move, because I am also a Diabetic! I get a lot of uplifting from my pastor and the Bible! My doctors can’t even explain how I have been staying alive these last 15 years! But faith does have miracle working powers! I will take a look at that program though. Thanks!! Oh! The name of my cancer is Multiple Myeloma.

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This sounds like a wonderful program. There are so many people out there that this will benefit. Thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless

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