We Can Rebuild Her
Better than she was before… Better, Stronger, Happier. A Breast Cancer Journal

Happiness Is…

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

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Andrea Posted by Andrea May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm.

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In case you wondered…

We're happy and healthy and sharing occasionally at: Wishing you all the best in 2013. -- Andrea, Mark, Lucy and Bayla

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

Andrea Posted by Andrea August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm.

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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 the event, let alone participate. I'm immensely grateful to the many friends and magical powers that got me through this week of self-inflicted torment. And I'm grateful to Lynn and the BOLO gang for including me in this fabulous evening. Wishing you health and happiness. Andrea xo http://youtu.be/viduQMyhXJQ

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Andrea Posted by Andrea June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm.

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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 me hoped it was just beginning. We headed to Quebec City that week. As planned.  I tossed and turned in the hotel bed, hoping I'd somehow fall asleep before Lucy, Bayla and Mark finished watching "The Corpse Bride", "Beetlejuice", "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas". I was awoken, one of those nights, by a ringing thought: This was the beginning of "The Spicy Me". Before this ordeal, my aim was to get through life. To make it to some far off end without losing any of the fabulousness I'd stumbled into. New territories and aspirations were reserved for Luba. As a matter of course. Two years ago today, I opened my eyes. I became alert. Aware. Present. Grateful plus. I started examining. And choosing. And imagining more. The two years since then have brought trauma and mourning, recovery and joy. I've made friends. I've taken chances. I've explored new territories. I've become the Spicy Me. I'd never choose cancer. I never want it again. For any one. And I'm supremely grateful for the efflorescing goodness I've been treated to since that mind-boggling beginning. Two years ago today. I'm aspiring to many, many more good years. By the way.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011 at 10:29 am.

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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. Two years ago today, as I prepared for those long-awaited test-results, we splurged on Hallowe'en. Filling our craft-store basket, despite the expense. I thought it was my last Hallowe'en. It wasn't. Lucky, lucky me.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm.

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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 you have raised. Thank you for the families you have buoyed. And thank you for all the little girls who may live without breast cancer's shadow. My sincere thanks to all of you for your generosity and your moral and financial support: Amanda Kelman Jenny Sinanan Morrie Johnson Mark and Maureen Blaseckie Val Willis Carolyn, David, Gillian and Jake Wright Lee Edward Fodi Laura Bergen Janice Toews Eden Spodek Tracy Bialecki Connie Crosby Rich Cantrell Greg & Andree O'Donnell Betti and Rob Stiff Bert and Rhoda Blevis Wilf and Barb Clavette Clare Rogers Orit, Sean, Lilly, Elliot and Jo Moore The Gupta/Gustyn Family Eden Spodek Be happy and be well. Love, Andrea xo

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

Andrea Posted by Andrea October 2, 2011

October 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm.

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Jack Layton.
Look what the postman just delivered. A cozy, upbeat reminder of our dearly missed Jack. Straight from his beloved T.O. Peace.... Love.... Jack Layton. Perfect. Thank you, Kingi. Thank you, Jack.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011 at 11:05 am.

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Eighteen intensity-packed days condensed down to 2 minutes of feel-goodness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CszHU8dOB4M Thank you, Mark!

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Andrea Posted by Andrea September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 at 8:41 am.

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The many wise, warm, wonderful women who enrich my life.



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Andrea Posted by Andrea September 24, 2011

September 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm.

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Weekly evenings with Jay.
A lot's gone on in the past twelve years. Hopes and upheaval. Disappointments. Triumphs. In work, relationships, parenting and health. And through it all, there's been a weekly evening with Jay. Sanity. Sage advice. Laughter. Perspective. Whatever the week brings, my evening with Jay makes it better. Those evenings make me better. I think sometimes about our 18-years-younger selves. Saying our first hellos. With 7,550 km and ten provinces of cycling ahead of us. And all we never dreamed about those next 18 years. And I think of the years ahead of us now. The venting and celebrating of our sixty-something selves. And that makes me smile. Thank you, Jay. And thank you, Mark, for making those evenings possible. All these years.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea September 23, 2011

September 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm.

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Happiness Is…

Three glorious, sun-filled days. Eating, drinking and being merry. With fabulous, fabulous family.



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Andrea Posted by Andrea September 18, 2011

September 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm.

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The Time of My Life

A year ago yesterday, was my first day back to work. But yesterday, wasn't. Lucky, lucky me. Before cancer, I led a charmed life. And I knew it. I was happy. I was healthy. With two delicious daughters. And a vibrant relationship with a hunky, funky, fun-loving man. We had good jobs. A cozy home. Consuming creative, hobbies. Tonnes of passion. And shared our time with interesting, intelligent, authentic, fun-loving friends. I had stress. And I did torture myself. But I really did marvel at my miraculous life. And wondered how I'd stumbled into it. Who'd have guessed it would get even better. I love my life. Thank you, Mark.

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

Andrea Posted by Andrea September 16, 2011

September 16, 2011 at 8:21 am.

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Extreme Vacationing

Unbelievably, our long-awaited cross-country train trip has come and gone. What a wild, wild ride. It was our longest family vacation, to date. And certainly our most intense. Compared to the hardcore Rocky Mountain hiking, biking and camping of my youth, it was physically a cynch. But boy was it emotionally explosive. Here's a random smattering of our two weeks away. You can snag a bigger peek here.
3 days and 3 nights of luxury, relaxation and amazing scenery, Ottawa to Edmonton.
A happy reunion with a long-lost friend.
An afternoon of waves and water slides.
Abrasions, bruises, a broken big toe and minus-one iphone, thanks to a harrowing afternoon on the Pembina River.
Thrilling road-side views of bears, elk, deer, coyotes and mountain goats.
Gorgeous views of mountains and lakes.
Such sadness at the news of Jack Layton.
An afternoon on horseback.
A glacier tour. A boat tour. A gondola tour. (oh my)
A double-birthday celebration.
A day of badlands, dinosaurs and hoodoos.
An afternoon at the zoo.
An afternoon of heartbreak and hope.
A weekend of walloping western hospitality.
A decadent dinner with long-lost cousins.
A blast of all-consuming news.
A day in the old west.
3 days and 3 nights of luxury, relaxation and amazing scenery, Edmonton to Ottawa.
A happy reunion with Phae and our home sweet home.
Huge thanks to everyone who made this a vacation to remember. And especially to Janice for beckoning us out, sharing her beautiful province, keeping us safe and enjoying one billion laughs with us through all the ups and downs.

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

Andrea Posted by Andrea September 3, 2011

September 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm.

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Happy Birthday, My Baby

Twelve years ago today, our beautiful Lucy was born.

Thank you, Lucy, for sharing your warmth, your wisdom, your wit, your creativity, your love, your courage, your perspective, your passion, your steadiness of self. And thank you for your patience with us as we stumble recklessly into each new parenting realm. I love you, my baby sweet. Wishing you many, many, many more years of happiness and good health. Love always, Mom xoxoxoxox

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

Andrea Posted by Andrea August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 at 1:14 am.

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Happiness Is…

Carefree times with my healthy, happy, healing, better-than-ever Sweet!



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Andrea Posted by Andrea August 2, 2011

August 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm.

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