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Mommy, What Will I Look Like?

Here’s what I did today instead of my 30minute exercise tape:


Yes, there are worse things than baldness!

p.s. Can you match the tresses to the actresses I stole them from?

Andrea Posted by Andrea

May 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm.

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We Run a Pretty Tight Ship

At 3:00 this morning, Bayla dragged me in to her bed.

Phaedra followed.

Within fifteen minutes, Phaedra had peed full force at my trying-to-get-back-to-sleep feet.

A brief but loud battle for clean beds ensued. Phaedra went to her crate, Bayla and I to Lucy’s bed and Lucy in to sleep with Mark.

Mark was up for the rest of the night.

It’s so nice that life is getting back to normal.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

March 26, 2010 at 10:13 am.

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Return to Sender

Thanks to chemo, I now have the skin of a 105 year old.

If you happen across a skinless 105 year old, please tell her where she can find me.

I’d like to give it back.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

March 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm.

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Wearing Memories … in a good way

Mark’s parents paid me a lovely lunchtime visit last week. In honour of the occasion, I had changed out of my everyday recovery-wear into my Company’s Coming recovery-wear.

At the end of the visit, Mark’s mom motioned to my T-shirt and asked “Who went to Nepal?” and I responded, “My friend Bill. Twenty-some years ago.”

Old T-shirt.

I realized afterward that not only do I recall the source and story (however banal) behind each item in my recovery wardrobe but the memories flit through my mind each and every time I put the clothes on. Which, for one outfit or the other, is at some point of every single day.

So, for the record and without the full details which flit at lightning speed through my mind each time, here they are.

Dress recovery-wear:
  • medium weight lycra tights – part of a fabulous chemo-survival gift parcel from my sister Linda, January 2010, in preparation for more stylish winter jogging.
  • purple “Trek Nepal” T-shirt – a souvenir from my friend Bill Flanagan following his trek through the Himalayan mountains, circa 1989.
  • CCKMA T-shirt (alternate T choice) – a gift from fellow breast cancer Survivor and neighbour Laurie Kingston, December 2009, on the occasion of our head-shaving party.
  • peach Lululemon hoody – a pre-surgery gift from Mark’s mom and dad, October 2009, in preparation for not being able to lift my right arm.
Everyday recovery-wear:
  • winter-weight wooly tights – my very first MEC catalog order, circa 1992 long before MEC came to Ottawa, in preparation for our bike trip across Newfoundland (2 identical pairs).
  • red fleece undershirt – Phase 2, The Glebe, autumn 1999, on the recommendation of my friend and fellow strollercizer, Caroline Coady, in preparation for winter strollercizing (3 identical shirts).

And my daily hat choice is a selection from the stash provided by my generous and talented friends Whitney, Katherine and Debbie.

And guess what, all those good clothing vibes seem to be working.
Thank you!

Andrea Posted by Andrea

March 9, 2010 at 6:51 am.

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Yikes!

No hair.

Barely any eyebrows.

Barely any lashes.

It’s getting tough to tell which end is up.

Andrea Posted by Andrea

March 5, 2010 at 11:13 am.

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