Kris Carr

Cancer Care

Celebrate My 21st Cancerversary with Me!

Hiya Gorgeous!

I’m celebrating BIG today and saying “Cheers to 21 years!” 🥂

As you can see from my beloved laugh lines, I’m not turning 21 today. (And thank goodness. I don’t think the 52-year-old me could keep up with that wild child anymore. 😉) Nor is it my wedding anniversary with Brian, though that’s coming up soon!

Instead, today marks my cancerversary — the incredible milestone of 21 years living and thriving with Stage IV cancer. 

So many great articles exist about what a cancerversary is, how to celebrate it (and why you should). So today, I’d like to focus on some of my most fundamental health tips whether you have a diagnosis like mine or hope never to get one. I’ll share those below. But first, a little update on my own journey…

Come With Me to the Dana Farber Institute for My Latest Cancer Screening

Read the transcript here…

Kris Carr: We are headed to Boston. For my five year Cat scan.

Brian: Big five.

Kris Carr: Big five. To get my test today, and then we get results tomorrow.

Kris Carr: When you’re scared, go to a bathroom to take a couple of minutes to look in the mirror and remind yourself that you love yourself and you go your own back.

Brian: Results day. We’ve been coming here so long, I remember tying up our horse out front.

Kris Carr: You mean when we came in horse and buggy?

Brian: Yeah, horse and buggy vallet. Now they got this fancy thing.

Kris Carr: I know.

Kris Carr: Hey Mom! I just left Doctor Dimitris and everything is fine. Now we’re going to get a bagel.

Here are a few learnings from these past two decades to help you tend to your glorious self:


Even after all these years of cancer scans, I was still super anxious about this appointment. What if the cancer had become aggressive while I was looking the other way, living life, writing, creating, surviving other storms?

Medical anxiety is a real thing. If you’re well, you worry about getting sick. If you have a diagnosis, you worry about it getting worse. In remission, you worry about a recurrence. Future-tripping is natural — but often unhelpful. 

Thankfully, I have a toolkit to help me navigate times like these and breathwork is at its core. I headed to the nearest bathroom, took a few deep breaths, placed a hand on my heart and whispered a quick reminder that I love myself. That I’d be present with myself, no matter the news. Whatever may be making you anxious today, I encourage you to do the same.


It may not feel like it, but medical tests are good things. Clarity always creates empowerment. And thankfully, in this instance, it also created a lot of joy! After a full day of tests, my oncologist delivered some good news: My tumors are still stable. In fact, I may have an opportunity to become a part of a study that looks at my healthy cells to see if they may be doing anything to help keep my disease at bay. 

I can’t tell you how happy I am to share the good news with you all, especially those of you who have followed my cancer journey since the beginning. Thank you so much for your continued love and support. I cherish it and you.

Now it’s your turn. Let this be your official reminder to make your well-being a priority, my friend. Book those doctor visits and any other appointments you’ve been putting off. I know they can be really scary, but get them behind you. It’s a new year and you have big dreams to reach. And in case cancer crosses your path (or that of someone you love), check out my 11 Life-Changing Tips for Cancer Patients or the update I shared last year on my 20th cancerversary. Sending you so much love!


I wouldn’t say that cancer itself is a gift — but it has brought a lot of gifts into my life. One such gift is that it inspired me to take care of myself (and get serious about it). So if you want to celebrate with me today, do something kind for your beautiful body. Take a ten minute walk. Eat a nourishing meal (maybe this scrumptious, creamy pasta!). Add a supplement to your daily wellness routine. And by all means, grab your own celebratory bagel, if you’d like! 😉

Now it’s your turn. What’s one way you’ll take care of yourself today? Let’s share our insights in the comments.

All my love,

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  1. Ann Storms says:

    You are our hero, Kris. Hi-Five my friend, you are an inspiration. xoxoxo🌺🌻🌺

  2. Yvonne Devine says:

    Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on your many fabulous achievements. You have done much hard work so that so many of us may follow more easily. I am a 20-year Stage III & 2-year Stage 4 survivor (BC) A friend of mine tapped me into your first book when it was initially published, and I have found great inspiration from you. Love your inner circle meditations! Thank you.

  3. Walter says:

    Thank you Kris for being so brave and sharing such a personal experience with all of us. I was touched and moved very deeply by your share, your story. I am going to a business next week to do my first podcast ever and I will make sure to step into the bathroom first. Thank you so much Kris ! Love you

  4. I. says:

    I am unpatiently waiting vor my breast biopsie appointment on Monday. I will eat more veggies today and take my needs first.

  5. mary zimmermann says:

    i get my cancer check up in april. already have appt. do i still get anxious every year? yes i do. I no longer have my husband to go with me then out to lunch after. Awaiting that oncology report to come back is nerve wracking, but like you, I do it anyhow!!
    congrats to you!!

    • Kris Carr says:

      Thank you for sharing. Your determination and resilience are truly inspiring. Wishing you all the best for your upcoming check-up. Keep staying strong!

  6. Christina says:

    Congrats on the great news!!!! Thanks for sharing your journey.

  7. Nicki says:

    I am so happy for you. You really are a beautiful genuine person, thankyou for inspiring me to go to get tests done( all is well) sending love xxx

  8. Shannon says:

    You helped me have hope beyond my diagnosis Kris.
    I have since then had a successful marriage,been given Grangirlie’s, & travelled.
    Thankyou for being there for Us.
    We Truly Love You Kris 💖.
    You’re Our Fierce Leader❣️
    Please continue to take care of Yourself as You Encourage Us Cancer Survivors DAILY💞💖😘❣️⭐️🎉

    • Kris Carr says:

      Your words warm my heart! I’m thrilled to have played a part in your journey. Sending you love and continued strength. 💖✨

  9. Frank Archer says:

    Congratulations Kris on the big 21. You are amazing, you are inspirational, and you are fulfilling the Great Almighty’s’ plan for communicating to others that they can have hope and have a plan to get better if ever faced with this circumstance. That they can be victorious and you are living proof. I believe we are all down here for a reason and this is clearly yours. I am so proud of you, I think the world of you and I am so happy our paths have crossed. Keep doing what you are doing, it’s all the right things! 🙂

    • Kris Carr says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support! Your encouragement means the world to me. Let’s keep spreading hope and positivity together! 🌟😊

  10. Debb says:

    Thanks for being so vulnerable with your journey! You have filled up my inbox and my book shelves with your humor, recipes, and light. Thank you for all you inspire in me. I’m very grateful to have your sparkle sprinkled in my life. Hugs, Debb

    One way I’ll take care of myself today (since I already achieved my goal of exercising! which was huge for me and now I’m inspired to reach higher) is to be curious and creative and make a healthy smoothie/drink…This is my positive spin on realizing I’m out of one of my favorite ingredients and I need to get innovated or go to the store.

    • Kris Carr says:

      Debb, your kind words warm my heart! Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey and for sharing your positivity with me. Enjoy getting creative with your smoothie – innovation often leads to delicious surprises! Sending you big hugs and continued inspiration. 🌟💖

  11. Jan Hoffman says:

    Hi Kris,
    I remember watching your video ‘Crazy Sexy Cancer’ and was so impressed with your cancer journey and all the different diets and treatments you tried and experienced!
    It really opened up to me the importance of food and diet and the importance of a whole food diet. I have watched your video so many, many times over the past 20 years and never get tired of watching your journey! You have inspired so many people!!
    Thank you Kris!

  12. Jacqueline Goods says:

    Love this Kris,” when scared to love yourself first”. So happy for you that you got good results on your tests. Love your work!!

  13. Karen says:

    What great news!! And a Happy Cancerversary it is!! So happy for you! Celebrate and have the best day ever!
    <3 Karen

  14. Wiebke says:

    Thanks for sharing, Kriss! I love you too. And your great staff.

  15. Camille Albrecht says:

    Bless you, Kris. I’m SO SO glad your tumors are stable! Thank you for sharing your journey.

    I go for my 2nd year check up today – for my 2nd cancer diagnosis in 14 years. But I am going! Information is power, right?!

    Thank you for all you do. Your support has been incredible to me and so many others.

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