Hope for 2021: A Two-Time Cancer Survivor’s Story

Danielle Ripley-Burgess is a two-time cancer survivor and author who was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at just 17 years old. She won the battle against the disease the first time around, but was faced with it again when she was 21. This time, it was stage 1 colon cancer. Danielle shares her story of hope and perseverance in times of unimaginable struggle. She explains how spirituality and self-care are essential sources of strength in her life and reminds us all to be more mindful and intentional. We also discuss what led Danielle to write her memoir, “Blush: How I Barely Survived 17”.

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Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Two-Time Colon Cancer Survivor

Danielle is a two-time colon cancer survivor first diagnosed at age seventeen and an award-winning communications professional. She writes and speaks to encourage those facing trials, under a motto of “faith that survives.” She’s the author of Blush: How I Barely Survived 17 (Redemption Press, 2020), The Holiday Girls (Little Lights Studio, 2018), and Unexpected: 25 Advent Devotionals. Her story has been told around the world through outlets like The Today Show, BBC’s World Have Your Say, Sirius Radio’s Doctor Radio, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, among others. Home is in Kansas City with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Mae. When she’s not writing, she can be found baking her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s a good one.

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