Tag Archives: Journey Learnings

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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All is well

I’m just back from my first post-treatment mammogram and ultrasound. And all is well. Woooohooooo!! I learned a lot today: That I have two staples in my right breast (!). That my enlarged right breast may be a delayed reaction … Continue reading

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Journey Learning #6: Family

This journey has led me to think a lot about family. My Family Is Not My family has not been my sister, Linda, from whom I’ve heard word zero for months, despite my email updates and her easy access to … Continue reading

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Journey Learning #5: Braving Eye Contact

Christopher was a large crab who lived as a pet in one corner of a pull-out lobster tank at the generous and friendly Butland’s Seafood, just outside Fundy National Park. Surrounded by lobsters of every size and colour, and occasionally … Continue reading

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Frozen Forgiveness

There are tonnes of things I love about living in Ottawa, and the Rideau Canal Skateway is number one, hands down. In twenty-four winters of hopes dashed or bettered, I have never had a harsh word for the skateway. Even … Continue reading

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Meeting Myself

Words of wisdom from Cheryl Crowe, breast cancer survivor: I remember my radiologist saying to me, “Your mission now is to ask yourself every day, ‘Am I doing what I want to be doing?’” And  I do ask myself that, … Continue reading

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Journey Learning #2: I Count

Years of early indoctrination infused in me an unshakable sense of worthlessness and, as a result, self-loathing. Despite huge efforts throughout my adult life, this injury kept me distracted from the great good that surrounds me and left me raw … Continue reading

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Thank You, 2009

Mark mumbled early this morning some plans involving scotch and the ringing out of “this horrid year”. But doctors believe breast cancer takes six to eight years to develop to a detectable size and this was the year we caught … Continue reading

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Journey Learning #1

Whether or not we believe this disease has intentionally presented itself to do so, it’s definitely encouraging me to learn and grow in ways that my stubborn adherence to justice, fear and inertia has always prevented. So, while the medical … Continue reading

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