Happiness Is…


In my pre-motherhood life, I cycled across Canada, coast to coast. I cycled through Tuscany, across Newfoundland and Labrador and along the Icefields Parkway, from Jasper to Banff. I cycled in Arizona, the Gulf Islands and in cycling mobs from the Rideau Lakes Tour and Le Tour Nortel to Le Tour de l”Île de Montréal.

Cycling was a challenge and a rush and a close-up, whole body adventure.

But some of my fondest cycling moments have been early morning commutes, pitch dark rides home after drinks with Jay, and chilly autumn spins with Luba.

Until yesterday, I thought those days were done.

Between my chemo-induced balance issues and my aching muscles and bones, I was afraid to try.

Yesterday, with visions of celebratory post-radiation margaritas dancing in my head, I hauled out my neglected bike, pumped up the tires and gave it a go.

It was indescribably heavenly.

Happiness is cycling. Here’s hoping there’s lots and lots and lots more.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • Alright! Now we're talkin'! Any plans for a groovy bike basket and some streamers per chance?

  • Linda Woolfrey

    Funny Jenny….but me too…on with it!! Great cycling past, nothing wimpy about that for sure!. Obvious strength , mental and physical, and on it will go, hopefully with daughters! (can Dad fit in one of those bike trailers that they have for kids?…ah on second thought ..no..he is rather tall…

  • steve


  • Great, Andrea !! You had narrated to me the great cross-country cycling trip. And the summer cycling trips to work. It is easy to imagine the “heavenly” part. I am sure there is more and more fun to come.

  • Jay

    I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear you’re back on your wheels and loving it! Here’s to plenty of pitch dark rides home after drinks together!

  • Thank you so much, Jenny, Linda, Sriram, Steve & Jay!

    (yes, I think streamers may be in order)

  • moderick

    Well done Andrea. Glad to see you're back on the bike. best of good wishes for the last two treatments.

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