Michele Orrson lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband and son. Retired from her career in Corporate America in 2017, Michele studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become an Holistic Nutrition Health Coach. She also has her certification in plant based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University.
Michele is an amateur blogger, chronicling her journey with breast cancer as well as her evolution to a whole-food, plants-based diet. In addition to providing updates on her battle with breast cancer, Michele features many books, recipes, and other resources for a healthier lifestyle.
Her experience with cancer includes acting as caretaker for her first husband during his 3-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 2008 which resulted in a partial nephrectomy. Her diagnosis of breast cancer (Stage IIIa Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, ER+, PR+) was in August 2012, with a recurrence of her breast cancer in November 2019.
This blog covers her journey from her breast cancer diagnosis to the present and includes her double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. It further covers her journey to a plant-based diet, as well as other healthy lifestyle changes such as juicing, yoga, and naturopathy. As a three-time cancer survivor, Michele wants to try everything to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Given the title of the blog, “Lights Cancer Action”, Michele takes creative license in titling her blog posts from the names of movies, which are noted in the IMDb reference at the end of each post.