Join me!

After my glamorous New Year’s Eve makeover, I’ve settled back in to my usual routine of being a Professional Cancer Patient.  I’ve had two infusions and 13 straight days of oral chemo.  But starting Wednesday I get a nice break before having a scan to find out if this treatment is keeping the cancer stable.

I wanted to invite you to watch my Faces of Metastatic Breast Cancer video…it’s only 90 seconds, but for every view they’ll donate $1 (up to $20K) towards metastatic research.  PS, Corbin and I were playing two days before this video, I jumped towards him to scare him and he JUMPED; the top of his head hit my right eye/forehead, so I had a semi-black eye and swelling when they taped this.  Looks like I forgot to finish putting makeup on my other eye, so glamorous-ha!  Anyway, click here to watch it

I also wanted to invite you to join me for Volume 11 of PechaKucha CU at Parkland College.  While I still struggle to pronounce the word correctly, I can guarantee it’s going to be a FUN night!  PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, and passions.  First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights use a simple concept to create big community exchanges: presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their topic for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat. Today, PechaKucha Nights are an international phenomenon in over 500 cities worldwide.  On September 11, 2009, Champaign-Urbana became the 217th city to host a PKN event. Organized by the Champaign-Urbana Design Org. (CUDO), we are one of the first cities of our size to receive a PKN handshake!

There will be a DJ playing, a cash bar, and  FREE admission.  There are 10 presenters and we each have 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide with them automatically advancing.  So, even if you get tired of hearing me talk I’m done in under 7 minutes and I can almost guarantee there is something new that you haven’t heard before!  Then it’s another presentation like “Extreme Paintball” or “Ideas and How to Stop Them.”   Here’s my bio:

Jennifer Smith:
Learning to Live Legendary

Two years ago Jennifer Smith decided she could no longer compete in her quest to become the next Super Woman. She hung up her cape, left her dream job, and focused on being a Professional Cancer Patient and mom to her 6 year old son dubbed “her favorite.” During this time, Jennifer has discovered even greater super powers…and it’s all about Learning to Live Legendary.

The rest of the line up can be found here.  Save the date!!

Friday, February 8, 2013
Doors open at 7:30pm
Show starts at 8:20pm

Admission is FREE
MC by Michael Morgan
88.7 WPCD will be DJing throughout the night

Stay after the show for An Evening with Ryan Groff!
Free snacks and cash bar all night long
Possible mature content 18+

PS–If you aren’t in Chambana, they’ll videotape everything and I’ll be sure to post it.


I have a scan on the 23rd and will post once I know the plan of action.  Hope 2013 is off to a legendary start for you!



Living legendary as a mom with Stage IV breast cancer. Author of Learning to Live Legendary and What You Might Not Know: My Life as a Stage IV Cancer Patient.

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