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Happiness Is…

Closing the oncologist chapter. This morning, I unexpectedly graduated from my oncologist’s practice. Time to update AboutMe: Explorer. Wife. Mother. Yogini. Friend. Happy Healthy Learning Loving Stumbling and fumbling, but getting back up. Surviving and Thriving. And intending to continue doing … Continue reading

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Happiness Is..

Bold Steps. I was completely honoured to be selected to read a WeCanRebuildHer.com post at Blog Out Loud Ottawa, last night. This reading followed an extremely low week for me and I had barely scraped myself together enough to attend … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Surviving and thriving. That’s us, to the right. Two years ago today. Moments after sharing the bad news with Luba. So early in a surreal journey. Behind that smile, a big part of me thought life was over. All of … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

Preparing for Hallowe’en I’m not big on the actual event. Trick or treating. Candy. Dealing with the door. But I adore the month-long preparations. The colours. The crafts. The googly-eyed desserts. The rhyming, creativity-packed picture books. The manic costume creation. … Continue reading

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Thank you

Thank you so much for joining Mark, Lucy, Bayla and myself in our efforts to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. You donated $1130! Thank you for the research you have made possible. Thank you for the spirits … Continue reading

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Bracing for Pinktober

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Feel Free

When I was diagnosed in October 2009, I was vaguely aware of one woman who had been through the experience before me. I felt isolated. Targeted. Stupid. Alone. Sadly, I don’t feel alone now. There are too many of us. … Continue reading

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Kickin Cousins

It’s August 29, 1982. Five days after my sweet-17. Relatives drop in and I’m sent to the local orchard to pick up some apples. It’s a 4km drive. My 12 year old cousin, Susie, joins me for the ride. We … Continue reading

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Join Us October 2

If you’ll be in Ottawa October 2, 2011, we’d love you to join Mark, Bayla, myself and our team mates for a beautiful 5km saunter along the Ottawa River to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. You can … Continue reading

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Have We Done Hair Orange Glasses On?

Low maintenance Alberta-bound Bank-Street-Construction-orange. Related Posts: Have we done hair pink glasses on? Watch it grow month by month They Make Me Feel Dressier Stubble Stings From the Mouth of Bayla #5 Hair Shaving Celebration (video) Hair Shaving (audio)

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Looking for Me

In January, 2009, I was a busy woman. A stressed-out Nortel software designer. A hard-working mother to 7 and 9 year old girls. A passionate kidlit advocate publishing four podcast episodes a week. I exercised tonnes. I moved fast. I … Continue reading

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A Top Notch Tenning

The weekend Lucy turned ten, I found that lump. Fully dressed, amidst Lucy’s festivities, some tingling vibration drew my fingers. And there it was. With a puff of cold steam, a new world was born. Today, Bayla turned ten. Twenty-two … Continue reading

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Please. Spare Me the Cancer-Spam

It is inching towards midnight, one million degrees and humid. We are without air conditioning. Our girls are squirrely and none of us are able to sleep. So, a cranky post in response to some all-too-frequent insensitive cancer-spam. Hi Andrea, … Continue reading

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Talk for Walking

I’m always pleased to hear that my blog has reached people. Especially those on their own versions of this journey. Today, I heard from Alex in London, England. She asked if I had any advice for post-treatment life. I thought … Continue reading

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Up here, Michael.

In October 2009, I was desperate to have both breasts removed. Thanks to my insistent surgeon, I didn’t. They’re small. They’re lopsided. There are scars on both. But they’re here. And so am I. Lucky me.

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