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Forget Regrets. Enjoy the Wondrousness.

The world, indeed the whole universe, is a beautiful, astonishing, wondrous place. There is always more to find out. I don’t look back and regret anything, and I hope my family can find a way to do the same. — … Continue reading

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Up From The Ashes

On Christmas evening, 2009, as I lay recovering from my first round of chemo, our vacationing neighbours lost their home to fire. In the fourteen months since then, we’ve watched… As their cute little house stood vacant and charred. Then … Continue reading

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Medicinal Deceit

Three weeks ago today, Mark lost his job. It was no laughing matter. But, thanks to a whack of relevant AD quotes, we laughed a lot that day. Often, it’s not what happens so much as how we frame it. This weekend, I … Continue reading

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The Something of My Ways… Wisdom?

I took a timeout from teleworking today to enjoy a walk with Phaedra. As my ever-burgeoning buttocks bounced happily behind me, I wondered what tweaks to my daily habits might reverse that jiggling trend. A young man caught up to … Continue reading

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You Have High Self-Esteem, Right?

My weaknesses, my wrinkles, my weight, waste and wussiness. My inner-critic’s bounced right back to full-time abuse. It’s powerful. It’s persistent. But it’s no match for my gratitude. Those bullying thoughts bombard me. As they always have. But I bash … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I’m often asked for tips for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, their family and friends. But every situation is different — and it’s tough to tell which of or whether my choices have actually helped. The best I can do … Continue reading

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Published Pride

Lucy and Bayla wrote and submitted an article to our very local paper, last month. We’re proud to announce, that article was published today. Here it is: On October 6th, 2009, our mother, Andrea Sue Ross, was diagnosed with breast … Continue reading

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Picking A Productive Perspective

When your happiness depends on what somebody else does or does not do, you’re trapped, because you cannot control what they think or what they do. You will discover a true liberation, a freedom beyond your wildest drams, when you … Continue reading

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Twisty Paths

By the time you reach 101, you will have learned many lessons. For instance, you will have learned that almost nothing turns out according to plan. And you will know that when we get what we wish for, it is … Continue reading

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What would I do if I didn’t know I couldn’t?

“But turtles can’t fly,” said the bird. “They can’t?” said Tudley. “I didn’t know that.” He looked down at the shocked faces of turtles below. “Did you know that turtles can’t fly?” he called down. They all just nodded. — … Continue reading

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Andrea Needs to Care Less

During my twenties, I had the coolest boss. Handsome, hard-headed, capable and curious, he was a windsurfer, a motorcycle-driver and an incurable devil’s advocate. For our seven years as colleagues, I was a star resource, but Steve often bemoaned two … Continue reading

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Accented Light

The Circle of Life The stories of cancer survivors reveal a common thread that runs through all their experiences. After the initial shock of being diagnosed with cancer, their  worlds turn black. But, as they go through the journeys of … Continue reading

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You Are Here

Our Tulip Festival‘s brewing, so my walk today was dotted with cheery cyclists checking maps. I considered the comfort of having a map to consult. Then realized, we never really have one.

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Andrea on Electric Sky

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Mark’s fabulous audio documentary program, Electric Sky. And guess who’s featured. Me! What an honour. You can listen in as I share my thoughts about facing breast cancer here. Thank you, Mark, for your … Continue reading

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I’ll be in the hospital bar

The challenge of having a naturally positive attitude is the tendency to take for granted that things will always be smooth. It can be extremely sobering when you get a shot across the bow to remind you that, particularly where … Continue reading

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