Almost 5 years to diagnosis. Survivorship is something we approach every day as a moving entity. The odds improve as I continue to do well and time heals my emotional wounds - I can sign a lease more comfortably and commit to the next opportunity without a feeling of doubt or backup plan. But the shadow is there and this is not the finish line. So it is time to celebrate as we do with milestones. Happy 5 year anniversary and many more..... Read More
This was one of those times when you realize a person so much bigger than you can imagine. Not a child but a young adult with maturity beyond her years. She was on the organizing crew of University of Guelph Relay for Life. A speech that knocks your socks off..... Read More
Do you know about restorative tattooing? Meet a person who is dedicated to giving cancer patients back what this unfair disease has taken from them. We know that emotional attitude makes a difference in emotional wellbeing, pain, activity and ability to get back to work. Let's look at its role, together with reconstruction in helping restore patients and their self esteem. Read More
How do I talk to a friend? What do I take them? How often do I go? What do I write in a card? What makes it so difficult to talk to cancer patients - it may be the fear of saying the wrong thing or guilt of upsetting them. There may be a first visit but then it fades just when the Cancer Blues become reality. How can we help? Read More
At 47, I was diagnosed with simultaneous bilateral invasive breast cancers. My world as a busy mum and doctor was in a tailspin as I underwent bilateral mastecomies, reconstuction, node sampling then axillary dissection, chemo then hysterectomy after significant BRCA mutation results. I then helped family members through BRCA testing and the difficult decisions. I made positive thinking cards to help me out of every hardship, push me forwards. Finding balance is hard after breaking my arm twice since then - I have difficulty with the slow down part! I am so grateful to be back at work, able to help people through the emotional side that comes with cancer - from Both Sides.