The Journey isn’t Over when Cancer’s Gone

Originally Posted to Facebook May 2015 I finally had my first post chemo appt. The first appt since surgery. I finally found out the results. There was no cancer to be found. Yay! So now I have to decide what to do next. Typical course of treatment is to take a drug called tamoxifen for…

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…

The Cost of Cancer

Originally Posted October 18th, 2014 on Facebook Continuing my series on breast cancer awareness, I’m going to write out a bit about the costs of cancer. Some are monetary, others are not. Some of you are aware of the costs of cancer, some are not. I know I never thought of it until I was…

Breast Cancer Treatment Overview

Continuing with the October mission to raise awareness about beast cancer, I’m going to briefly touch on the various treatments used. Not specifics, partly because it’s not my area of expertise, and also because there are many different options out there. In Alberta, the first step after diagnosis is to talk to a surgeon. Cutout…

Breast Cancer Awareness

Two years ago, on facebook, I shared some information about breast cancer and how it impacts people daily. I shared my story. I don’t agree with the pink ribbon campaigns, and I feel it’s important to change the conversation we have about breast cancer. I’ll post my notes here for the rest of the month (don’t worry,…