Thomas S. Monson

I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, aunt and friend. I've made my living on television talking about what Canadians love to talk about... the weather.

I have  HAD  breast cancer. It is not who I am. It doesn't define me and it doesn't make me special. It is my adversary and as such it will challenge me like nothing has.

I think that's worth documenting.

Here is my story. 

The blog

September 6, 2017

August 2, 2017

May 9, 2017

March 8, 2017

February 19, 2017

February 8, 2017

January 6, 2017

December 30, 2016

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April 9, 2017


  There is always one last gasp of winter where I live, a dusting of snow after flowers have already started to bloom.  Everyone complains about it like the weather owes us something. We want to believe that we’ve turned the corner into days of sunshine and warmth when all of a sudden it’s -1C and snowing.


March 23, 2017

  I, like many Canadians have a sense of relief with the end of winter.  I find it more of a season to endure than to enjoy.  In many ways, it makes Canadians a little bit tougher than most, and it brings us together. Weather-wise, this was not a particularly tough winter for my neck-of-the-woods and for this I am gratefu...

March 8, 2017

  It’s been almost two and a half months since I shaved my head live on Facebook.  I remember in those very early days seeing women sitting in the chemo waiting room with not a thing on their head. No scarves, no wigs, no hats…no hair. I thought, “Now THAT is bravery.”  I wondered what it took to get to that point.  I kno...

February 19, 2017

  I sometimes feel like a bystander in this whole cancer mess. The fight is not really between me and the disease. Right now it’s between chemo and the disease.  I have very little to do with the whole thing really.  Basically, I show up to all of my appointments, follow the rules of treatment to the letter, and try hard...

February 8, 2017

  I am a breast cancer rookie.  I’m just halfway through chemo, with surgery and radiation still on the horizon.  The women who have gone through all three are the experts. The ones who have made it to the 5 year mark are the gurus.  I have learned a thing or two in the two months since my diagnosis and I will learn...

January 26, 2017

  I can feel it creeping in slowly, stealthily, trying to take over my brain. It’s that pre-chemo anxiety.  Before my breast cancer diagnosis, I experienced anxiety rarely. Now, it pops in for a visit much more frequently than I care to admit.  It makes me angry. I have one week, every other week, when I feel good, almost...

January 13, 2017

  The chemotherapy that I’m taking has a great reputation for doing some serious damage to cancer cells. It’s powerful stuff.  The problem is it doesn’t just damage the bad cells. I liken it to a bomb going off in enemy territory. “Fantastic! We wiped out the terrorist’s compound. Unfortunately, we also took out a couple...

January 6, 2017

 Like most women, I’ve had a fairly healthy albeit tumultuous relationship with my hair. There

have been days when I look in the mirror and think, “How can I go on tv with this?” Other days

when I can’t believe I haven’t been scouted for a shampoo commercial a la Sofia Vergara.

 It’s been short, too-short, long, curly, strai...

December 30, 2016

  I knew.

  I knew before I talked to my GP. I knew before the ultrasound, the mammogram, the second ultrasound, the biopsy and the words from my surgeon as I sat in his office at the hospital.

  Granted, I didn't know the type of breast cancer I had, or the stage or the size of the tumour but I had known for weeks that so...

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Peet & Reet Show!
Jan. 20th, 2017
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Discussing the signs of breast cancer and why I went public.

Hamilton Health Sciences
Mar. 23rd, 2017

A Q&A about sharing my story and not facing it alone.

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