Daffodils for Mother’s Day
This is so s’not funny … I lost all my nose hair. Who knew those tiny hairs were so useful? Is there no end to the indignities of cancer? While out shopping at Costco, Heather had to wipe her nose on her sleeve like a snotty brat. Caught red nosed without a kleenex. So not […]
I’ve pretty much always had Mother’s Day covered via one angle or another. My Mom lived to be ninety-two. By the time she passed away in 2013, I had already been a mother myself for 15 years. While I’ve usually looked back and reminisced on Mother’s Day … this year I look ahead into an […]
Annie … My heartdog
I have surrounded myself with the best women … cultivated relationships and deep friendships with strong, smart, silly, sassy and sexy women. We all have one thing in common … we have each other’s back. These are strong women who can stand on their own two feet. These are smart women who know how to […]
Annie was only 8 months old or so when she was rescued from a northern Canadian community and placed into foster care with our dog rescue. And she was pregnant. January 8, 2015 she gave birth to seven beautiful puppies … but Annie was struggling. With poor nutrition and no prenatal care, her body wasn’t […]
Cancer doesn't see racism … or does it?
Introducing Roxy! You’ve met Heather and Sophie … it was time to introduce the wig I chose – or rather, it chose me – to be most like my real hair. I’ve always had curly hair – but wanted straight hair – the grass is always greener … I would spend hours blow-drying and feathering […]
Do I shampoo or wash my head?
I ran into my neighbour Carrie yesterday … she is lovely. Inside and out. We always run into each other when she is completing a spiritual journey and I am beginning one. I treasure her words, her advice and her friendship. She is brilliant and I have the utmost respect for her. I crave and […]
"You almost make me want cancer!"
… and other TMI oddball quirks that result from chemo. #1 – During my very first shower after having my hair shaved off, I put my hands up to wet my hair – and SHOCKED myself when it wasn’t there. This put me in a quandary … do I shampoo my bald head or use […]
The High Co$t of Cancer
“Nobody does cancer like you do!” “They (the nurses and doctors) will never forget you!” “You almost make me want cancer! How do you manage to make even cancer look like an adventure?!” I take those comments as compliments! Yes … I am giving cancer a different (fresh) face and attitude. You get to see […]
The cellular warfare of Chemotherapy
I have been trying to piece together a CAD$ price tag on my cancer treatment since my surgery. I’ve asked my surgeon, Dr. X, what my diagnosis and surgery cost. He threw some numbers around – $1k for the OR for an hour, triple that for the attending staff, the nuclear dyes – but he […]
Why do I feel like I should be singing Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield as I write this blog entry? This post is dedicated to my chemical warefare … Doxorubicin – Adriamycin – Red Devil is the first chemotherapy drug in my regimen. It stops the growth of cells by blocking an enzyme called […]