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Revealing Some Never Before Seen Pics in Honor of HJ’s Bday #3

Haunt Jaunts first post went live March 31, 2009. At the time, I was several rounds into chemo, but not done yet. That wouldn’t come for a couple more months. March 31, 2009 was a day I finally felt well enough to get off the couch and move my life into the direction I had resisted prior to getting cancer.

Funny. Cancer is one of the scariest things to have ever happened to me. But because of it, I finally found the courage to live the life I’d imagined but had never given myself permission to pursue beforehand.

HJ started off as a little experiment blog on Blogger. Then, as my passion swelled and my energy increased as healing happened, I knew I wanted my blog to be bigger and more flexible. Blogger wasn’t going to be good enough.

So in August of 2009, I moved HJ’s platform to WordPress. Smartest move I’ve ever made.

The blog has seen several design and logo changes over the past three years. So have I for that matter.

I thought it’d be fun to share some pics I’ve never shared before. Ones of me in all my bald-headed glory as I fought to beat cancer, through my bandana days, to present time.

But before I share the pics, I have a special note for my hitchhiker (a.k.a. my pet name for my cancer): Thank you for coming into my life. I needed to be taken to Death’s door before I fully embraced Life. Haunt Jaunts is an example of one of the blessings I now I enjoy because of you. Thank you for guiding me to this journey I now find myself on. I’m having the time of my life exploring new places, revisiting old ones, and meeting amazing people along the way. Blessings to you for these gifts you have given me.

New Year's Eve 2008 celebrating D Day (Diagnosis Day) in the hospital


Me looking goofy before I head off to get my hair cut off for Locks of Love


Chopping it all off to donate to a good cause (Locks of Love) and prepare for it all falling out anyway


After the cut posing with my stylist


1st chemo treatment - totally out of it on morphine
Hanging on the couch with my boy Murph


Ren Fest 2009 - one of my first outings after chemo was completed. Sporting my stylish hat, one of my fave cancer cover ups.


Plastic surgery? Nope. All marked up after going to get set up for my radiation treatments.


I'm bald and sexy and I know it! On our way to Louisville, 2009. (Weak and tired but I was still determined to jaunt!)


The toll treatments took. I actually felt better by this point, but man did I look bad!


Fuzz! My hair (and eyebrows) were growing back in!


Bandana Buddies at the Beach - Cape San Blas July 2009


I refused to wear a wig during treatments, but I had a blast donning one for Halloween 2009.


Celebrating Remission Cruise to the Bahamas Nov 2009


Me and one of my VBF's (who I consider a sister), Tracie, at the surpise 40th bday party she helped my husband throw for me. Sep 2010.


The hair's really making a comeback by July 2011!


March 31, 2012 - HJ's 3rd Birthday and 3 years in remission. Ain't Life GRAND???!!!
Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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