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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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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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Happiness Is…

Healing, Growth and Resilience. I am immeasurably grateful for all three.

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It’s just something the body does when you shake it.

Hooping, it turns out, is perfect post-breast-cancer-treatment therapy. Almost. It challenges my co-ordination, balance and spatial awareness. It entirely occupies my mind. Its frantic, erratic arm movements sneak my damaged limb into places I thought I’d left behind. It allows … Continue reading

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Surfboard

My port-a-cath has been out two months, today. I can hardly believe it’s gone. And I can hardly believe it was actually there. I am so grateful.

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And That’s Why You Always Leave A Note

I thought I’d squeaked out of chemo with just some swapped homophones and fatigue. As it turns out, memory issues are only issues if you remember you’ve forgotten stuff. Today, I noticed this note, stuck next to my home work/sew … Continue reading

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And That’s How You Narrate A Story

Mark recently shared with its makers the story of a happy family who almost lost everything and the one husband who had to keep them all together — I mean, how Marketcircle‘s Daylite Productivity Suite saved his sanity. Here it … Continue reading

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Thank you, 2010

I absolutely adored 2010. We were healthy, happy and together. We had loads to celebrate. And we celebrated often. Yet, reflecting on the year, this morning, I was shocked at its rockiness. Where reactions and reconnections reigned 2009, 2010 was … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

The Kindness of Strangers. One year ago today, I started chemo. Days before — in anticipation of my hairless winter — Lucy, Bayla and I had combed the annual Originals Christmas Craft Fair in search of a funky chemo cap. … Continue reading

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Small price to pay for self-esteem, Michael

Not counting this My last haircut was immediately after this photo was taken. Two hours after my diagnosis. Many are the times, in the 14 months since then, I had the urge to pop into the salon and give myself … Continue reading

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Say Good Bye To This

Take a good look, ’cause it’s the last time…

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A Snap, A Slap and One Last Flush

Today was my final trip to the chemo unit — for one last port-a-cath flush. To mark the momentous occasion, I snapped this photo. Then that one. “Mrs. Ross,” someone called. I assumed it was time for my flush. But … Continue reading

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A Long-Overdue Apology

It hit me during Bif Naked’s un-freakin-believably honest, poignant and entertaining address at the conference last weekend. And it hit me hard (thanks to you). With a dramatic roll of her eyes, Bif described how breast cancer had saddled her with the pieces-picking-upping of her inconsolable … Continue reading

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Mystery Loves Company

I’m just back from Body, Mind, Spirit: The Canadian Breast Cancer Network’s National Conference for Young Women Living with Breast Cancer — almost 48 hours solid of education and encouragement with 340 breast cancer survivors from every province and territory … Continue reading

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Have We Done Hair Off Glasses On? (7 months)

Way over-gelled today, but getting nice and long! Related Posts: 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) Sorry about the photo … Continue reading

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