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CIBC Run for the Cure My So-Called Mommy Life

Eleven years ago, after completing University, I decided to participate in a walk for Breast Cancer. I was 24-years old, I had just started dating my now husband, and no one in my immediate family had been touched by cancer.  I solicited my friends and family who were extremely generous and helped me reach my [...]

Why I show my kids my mastectomy scars

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Dear Princess Peach and Little Dude, Today marks 1.5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis. It’s crazy to think how young you were when I was diagnosed- only 1.5 years old and 3.5 years old. Babies. You both were just babies. A lot has changed in 1.5 years. I have changed a lot in 1.5 [...]

Finding “normal” during cancer #pgmom

My family loves ice cream, so after treatments when I would start feeling better we would celebrate with a trip to get ice cream.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. When I was diagnosed with cancer last year, I was so worried about my kids. They were my number one priority. I worried [...]

Four words to say to someone going through cancer treatments

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A little while ago, I wrote this post of what not to say to a woman with breast cancer. I probably could add a few things to that list as could every woman with breast cancer. Scratch that, probably every person who has had cancer could come up with a pretty funny list of comments [...]

Alive at 35

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  Last year when I turned 34, I had no clue if I would see today. What a difference a year makes. Just 3 weeks earlier, I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. What a difference a year makes. 3 days before my birthday, I had my first round of chemotherapy. What a difference a [...]

14 things you should never say to a woman with breast cancer

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When I received my breast cancer diagnosis and made it public lots of people responded differently. For the most part I was very lucky and got tons of support, love and encouragement for those around me. As awkward as it is for a friend/family member/acquaintance to tell you that they breast cancer, it’s sometimes more [...]

Getting into shape

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If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed that for the past 2 weeks I have been posting pictures of me at different gyms. Let’s look at this equation a little bit closer: Renee + gym = fun There I said it! I have actually been enjoying working out.     Before I [...]

One year after my breast cancer diagnosis

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If you know me well, you know that I love a countdown. Birthdays, half-birthdays, vacations etc,  it’s always so fun to look forward to something. Except, March 13. This past Sunday marked one year since receiving the worst news of my entire life- my breast cancer diagnosis. I dreaded this day more than anything. But, [...]

My perfectly imperfect body

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When I was 4 years old my left arm went through the glass part of the screen door at my house. It was locked, and like most little kids, I was excited to see my dad come home from work and went running. But the screen was locked and instead of opening the door, my [...]

Life,interrupted

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Two doctors have said these four words to me recently. Four quite simple words, but words that are extremely loaded. “Go live your life” Go live my life? What exactly does that mean? When every part of your being is thrust full-time into doctors appointments, and treatments being told when everything is done to “go [...]