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October 24, 2018

  Dear Before Breast Cancer Self,

  You knew something was amiss, didn’t you? You were used to being called back for ultrasounds and mammograms that had shown something questionable. Mild panic followed by relief time and again. “I’s just a cyst” they would conclude.  Your breasts cried wolf so many times it was hard to be...

November 20, 2017

  The first time I had chemo, it didn’t go quite as planned. I didn’t really know what to expect mind you, so when I could feel burning at the entry point in my arm, I wasn’t sure if it was normal or not. It wasn’t. As a self-described over achiever, I was disappointed that I had a “bum vein.” The nurse quickly extracted...

September 6, 2017

  I’ve learned many lessons this year.  For instance, time flies even when you’re not having fun. Nine months have come and gone since my breast cancer diagnosis.  For those just beginning, I promise you, it’s not easy, but you can get to the other side and it happens in a blur. The blur might have something to do with ch...

August 2, 2017

 

I tried on a dress today. I was shopping for something specific, something that would cover up the skin that had recently gone through radiation.  Admittedly I don’t own a lot of high-necked summer wear so instead, I’ve been throwing light weight scarves around my neck to cover up. My skin is alarmingly red at the momen...

July 12, 2017

   If someone close to you was diagnosed with cancer, would you know what to say or do? I think a lot of people struggle with how to initiate a conversation when they learn of a friend or co-worker’s diagnosis. Before being diagnosed with breast cancer myself, I would not have been confident doling out advice on this topi...

June 25, 2017

 

  Summer is my favourite season. I love sunshine and heat and thunderstorms. It means patios, outdoor concerts and cooling off in my pool.  I have likened my cancer treatment to the seasons. Winter was chemotherapy, spring was surgery, and now summer. Summer is radiation.

  I have 25 treatments, 5 days a week for 5...

June 8, 2017

I’m not sure how long you grieve for your old breasts before you replace them with new ones. For me, it was exactly one month. Technically, I had window shopped, but it wasn’t until last week that I thought I should commit. My scars are healing nicely and my arms are mobile enough that I can take a t-shirt off by crossing...

May 20, 2017

  Imagine running a marathon and about 2/3 of the way to the finish line someone hands you a medal and declares you the victor. That’s the way I feel right about now. I’ve been running for five and a half months. I look about as good as I feel and that’s not pretty. My breasts have been replaced by two very long scars, my...

May 9, 2017

  About four hours after my bilateral mastectomy, as I lay uncomfortably in my newly acquired semi-private hospital room, my younger brother, Greg, asks me “On a scale of 1-10, where is your humour level at?’  He was obviously referencing the pain scale my nurse had mentioned earlier.  “I think it’s pretty good, maybe an...

April 20, 2017

 

  The large manila envelope sits unopened but within view. I have passed by it many times but have yet to pull out its contents.  It’s been in my home since February, a subtle reminder of something I really don’t need reminding about, my mastectomy.  These are the papers I need to fill out before surgery.  Avoiding the...

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