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Erika V. is a thirty-something mother of two (with four saints in heaven). With a degree in molecular biology, she works for her state’s police crime lab; although her dream is to stay home with her children and homeschool them. Her newly converted husband is a sometime auto mechanic and primarily a stay-at-home dad. Passionate about pro-life issues and science, she is a survivor of breast cancer while pregnant. At 20 weeks pregnant with her daughter (pregnancy number six), she was diagnosed with BRCA1 stage II breast cancer. When local doctors we stumped with the diagnosis, she traveled to MDAnderson where chemotherapy on pregnant women has been done for over twenty years. After delivering her baby girl and undergoing more chemotherapy, Erika has had a whirlwind of surgeries to combat the cancer as well as the complications of cancer treatments. Three years and eight surgeries later, she continues to be passionate about pro-life endeavors, even winning the local Right to Life group’s Life Award and serving on their working board of directors. She authors two blogs, one a mommy blog Biology Brain-Simon Says and one a breast cancer while pregnant blog Erika’s Miracle Journey. Blog posts are often filled with pro-life references, including medical journal articles supporting the pro-life position. While there isn’t often time, she also enjoys horses, reading, gardening, and KY bourbon.

Why It Matters

You never know. A seemingly innocent remark wounds a friend. Callous words from bystanders injure fragile survivors. A stranger is believedRead more »

Transitions

I have been an avid horseman* for as long as I can remember. After turning her back on me for a moment as a toddler, my mother found meRead more »

If we err by thinking we are the center of the Liturgy, the Mass will lead to a loss of Faith ~ Cardinal Raymond Burke

Mass Confusion: Interference

Earlier today I was driving down the road listening to my local Catholic station. Every so often a popular rock station would bleed in andRead more »

Emergency Contraception Revisited

Several questions in the comment box and further research has prompted me to revisit my post, Emergency Contraception: Science and Morals.Read more »

abortion and contraception are always immoral according to the Catholic Church.

Emergency Contraception: Science and Morals

Recently the news contained two slightly misleading headlines: “German bishops say morning-after pill is ok in rape cases,” and “TopRead more »

Fr Frank Pavone & EMV

A Newbie’s March for Life 2013

March for Life 2013 I’ve been on countless local Walks for Life, but have never been able to make it to the March for Life inRead more »

Eleventy-Billion Reasons I’m Glad I Have Children

Recently a woman from the Seattle Times wrote an article explaining why she’s not going to have children. Much of her article is theRead more »

The Gospel of Life: Pro-life for a Reason

I’ve always been Catholic and pro-life. These two attributes are intrinsically linked not only to each other, but also to myRead more »

God Gave Us Dominion: Want to Save Animals? Save Humans First!

A staunchly pro-life Christian friend recently posted a photo on Facebook of a sad-faced animal in danger of being euthanized. I love thisRead more »

Catholic Bible Stories

I was recently speaking to a friend after Mass. This mother of five was raised Methodist but is now Catholic, and said she believesRead more »

You Are What You Eat

We’ve all heard it before: “You are what you eat.” Never is that more true than when we consume the Most Holy Eucharist.Read more »

Bald, Pregnant, and Living

Click this photo, my hand-drawn logo, to see more of my story. “You have breast cancer,” the surgeon deadpanned. I glanced atRead more »

Lady Ribbon’s Entry Into Our Lives…

By now, hopefully, you’ve noticed our ‘Lady Ribbon‘. Well, here’s how she came into our lives… iPhoneRead more »

It’s Breast Cancer “Awareness” Month Again

Three generations of Breast Cancer survivors! It’s October again… Everything is swathed in pink. Please take the following asRead more »

Confessions of an Alleged Mary Worshiper

If you’ve ever heard anything negative about Catholics, you’ve probably heard that we worship Mary above God. That goesRead more »

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