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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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Am I Touching Something?

“You can keep them bottled up, but they will come out, Michael. Sometimes in the most unexpected… Hey, where the @!*# are my hard-boiled eggs?!“ – Tobias Fünke. Good Grief! Arrested Development 2004. My life is brimming with beautiful people. … Continue reading

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Ease

I don’t dream of flying, fulfillment or fame. Even my life-long boat, plane and elevator disaster dreams are almost always preempted, these last few years, by the horrid-family-problem theme. But last night I had an absolutely, extremely, wonderfully atypical dream. … 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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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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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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Pondering Patterns to Peace

Prior to this journey, I had a long-standing, comfortable, mutually supportive, fun, close relationship with exactly one member of my family. My sister, Linda. In Boulder, Colorado. Three thousand kilometres away. That’s one out of 78++ family members: 4 direct … Continue reading

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From the Mouth of Bayla #7: BULLIES

When you’re in the gym getting ready for the walk over* and one of your WORST enemies is bullying you, you don’t really want to go tell your principal because you are kind of too tired to go from the … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

Peace. Where I grew up, children were to demean and not heard. I guess Mark and I over-corrected on this one, making parenting at our place an exhausting and noisy affair. Yesterday morning was a peaceful exception. I’m glad I … Continue reading

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From the Mouth of Bayla #7: My Family

To me,  my family is the best most AMAZING part of my life,  sometimes most of the time I fight with Lucy, but she’s my sister, doesn’t everybody fight with their siblings? Sure, mom and dad get mad at me … 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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Journey Learning #4: Releasing Resentment

Being bullied, belittled and abused from birth definitely didn’t make me the most carefree of characters. It left me raw and responsive to random nastiness. It made injustices cling — each incidental injury tearing into the stinging wound within. And … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

My Family. Based on the shouting, stomping, screaming and slamming of doors, our neighbours would never guess that our feisty little family is my absolute bliss. We’re more BLAM! (Bayla, Lucy, Andrea, Mark) than Lamb (Lucy, Andrea, Mark, Bayla) but … Continue reading

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My Stay At Home Healing Routine, so far

I’m settling seamlessly into my new Monday-Friday Home Alone Healing routine. My days are actually pretty full and, so far, they’re flying by. Here’s how I fill them: make and sip Flor-Essence tea supervise and/or make packed lunches and breakfast … 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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