Living with terminal cancer during the Coronavirus pandemic

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  Over the last few weeks I have poo-pood people (like my mother) who were freaking out about the Coronavirus. It was far away from me, not yet in Toronto. Why would I worry? People started posting about their stockpiles; food, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies just in case. I didn’t get it. Why? It’s not [...]

That time I met Ellen (and other things I crossed off my bucket list)

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There is no coincidence that I’m posting this today. One year ago today, I was gifted with the most amazing experience, to meet Ellen DeGeneres. She has kept me laughing over the past few years, on good days and bad, that when I put my bucket list together I knew I needed to meet her. [...]

My Bucket/ Fuck It List

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    I’ve always had a running list of places I wanted to visit and things that I wanted to do over the course of my life. My husband and I also had our list of things we wanted to do together once we retired. I know, its a long time away but it was [...]

A health update- My first progression

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I knew that this day would come, I just didn’t know it would come this soon. Progression I found out a few weeks ago, that my cancer has progressed which means it has spread. It caught me totally off guard and shocked me beyond belief. I went in for my scheduled routine scan, and when [...]

Time. That’s all I want.

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Time.  It’s a funny thing.  There are times in my life when time seems to be inching along painfully slow.  Then other times when time is going by so quickly that I wish I had a pause button to stop so could really savour the moment(s).  There’s a quote by Buddha that says “The trouble [...]

How I told my kids I had Metastatic Breast Cancer

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 Since “coming out” with my Metastatic Breast Cancer diagnosis, the most asked question I get from others is: “How did you tell you kids about your cancer coming back?” Before I answer the question I need to say this. I’m telling the story from my point of view, as their mother, sharing how I told [...]

Your questions answered about Metastatic Breast Cancer

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people about Metastatic Breast Cancer and what it means so I thought that I would answer them in a post. If I didn’t answer your questions yet, don’t fret, there will be more posts coming because I’ve received so many wonderful questions. Please, if there’s something you would [...]

How I found out I had Metastatic Breast Cancer

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I know everyone is curious about how I found out my cancer had returned and was now Metastatic. Here’s the story: Let’s rewind the clock to summer 2017. We went up north and I was living my best summer life. Hanging with my husband, kids, family and friends by the lake. I went on walks, [...]

Commonly asked questions since my double mastectomy

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Two years ago today on August 24 2015 I underwent a double mastectomy. When I was diagnosed with cancer, there was no doubt in my mind that a double mastectomy was the right decision for me. Since the day of my surgery, my breasts, or lack thereof, often come up in conversations. I’ve had many [...]

Two years ago today, a breast ultrasound changed my life

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Feb 27,2005 will forever be the day that my life changed. You see a few days earlier in Feb 2015 I went to see the doctor.  Not my doctor because she was already gone. But I went to see her associate. At the beginning of January I had discovered a lump on the top of [...]