This is Halloween

Halloween’s one of those holidays that I love so much! It’s so much fun to make the costumes and see a little deeper into our children’s personalities as they decide who they’re going to be each year. But as much as I love Halloween, I find it always sneaks up on me. We end up…

2 Weeks Post-Op

Originally Posted to Facebook March 2015 Everyone warned me it’d take 6-8 weeks minimum to heal after surgery. Most warned me that 6 months was more reasonable, before that I shouldn’t expect too much of myself. I told them I had 2 weeks to recover, and that was it. They shook their heads and told…

Bilateral Mastectomy

Originally Posted to Facebook March 2015 This post has descriptions of what I went through after surgery. It’s been a few days since surgery. I suppose I could have posted something before surgery, but what would I have said? I could have written words of inspiration, an up beat message about looking forward to healing…

Why Did the Oncologist Page Me?

First Posted to Facebook Feb 2014 Last week, February 5th, was the feast of St. Agatha, the patron Saint of breast cancer patients. Last week, I also had some medical imaging done to see how the chemo’s working. This week, I went to get my results. I was also getting my blood work done –…

What Roads May Come

Originally Posted to Facebook Jan 2014 We don’t know what our future will hold. We know what we hope our future will hold, but that’s not the same as what will come to pass. I mean seriously, I have the next 8 years of trips being planned as we speak. I know what I want….

Fasting and Chemo

Originally Posted to Facebook Jan 2014 I’ve had 4 rounds of chemo so far, and have one week until the next round. So far I’ve been doing super well,  I have almost zero side effects (though you may get to find out what I look like with no eyebrows or eyelashes very soon). Fasting seems…

Round 3

Originally posted to FaceBook Dec 2014 *Please Note, I fasted 72 hours prior to chemo, and 5 hours post chemo each round*   I’m doing awesome! I’ve taken up running again. It’s been far too long,  Or maybe just long enough that I’ve finally acclimatized to Canadian running…? Ahhhh  how I’d love to run on…

Round 1 of Chemo

Originally Posted on FaceBook Oct 2014   Day 1 Doing well, or not doing well? Hmm it’s tough to say. My head feels funny, my body feels funny, my legs feel like lead, and walking up the stairs was rough. Much of that may be related to the meds I’ve taken for side effects. Fasting…

Cancer Made me Wean My Baby

First posted on FaceBook October 2014   Brom turned 14 months yesterday, I nursed him for the last time. It was a beautiful moment, and also deeply sad. Today he has been absolutely distraught asking and asking to nurse. We have been here for him, offering him snuggles, love, his comfort songs, as well as water…

Autumn

There is nothing so wonderful and joyous as autumn in Alberta. The brisk air, warmed by brilliant blue skies and sunshine, wrapped in an earthy musk that lightens the step and quickens your pulse. Before the snow hit, our family took the time to get out and enjoy one of the gorgeous forests in our…

Science! Or maybe it’s Art?

Nevermind. I think it’s just a mess. Oh wait! That’s how both science and art happen. By taking what you’ve got, combing them, trying different things, seeing what happens. If you use that definition, Cordelia is an expert at both science, and art. Almost every day we hear her plead with us, “Please, Mommy, can…

Biopsy

Originally posted October 23rd, 2014 on Facebook Today, I had a second ultrasound guided biopsy. The first determined that I have cancer, what the cells looked like, how they behaved. This biopsy was done to determine what type of cancer. Breast cancer has a few different factors to consider. First is whether the cancer is…