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Archive: 03 2014


When I first realized that I would be bald at some point, I decided to see what other options there were for me.  It was going to be winter when I was bald, so I couldn’t run around with nothing on my head.  Not with the kind of winters we have here in Ottawa (apparently the second coldest capital in the world… Read More


The Emotional Journey: Share your Story

While it’s true that the physical effects of cancer are more obvious to those witnessing our journey, the things they can’t see—like fear, depression, isolation, the altered sense of self—can be as traumatic and damaging. When we treat the disease without treating the whole person, we overlook a huge aspect of cancer care that can dramatically improve quality of life. Read More

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Brain Fog

One of the scariest parts of my treatment was brain fog. Losing my memory and multitasking mind really made me worry that I could not work again. Just like all the other therapy I got, I realized it needed brain-training rehab. What a beautiful thing the mind is when you get it back - I hear it whirring like fine machinery now but it took a lot of work. Here are some pearls. Read More

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A fresh perspective on loss

How much change can happen in 2 years? Read More

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What they didn’t teach me in Medical School

We can choose to stay the same but life doesn't go that way. Technology connects us, opens up worlds of conversation and brings us together from great distances. There is fear to opening into this world but look what you can miss? We must not get left behind and trust that we are capable of learning more and more. There are good people in the world too. I don't focus on the negative to miss all the positives. I am inspired by others daily and refuse to be left behind. Everything they didn't teach me in medical school! Read More

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