My Breast Cancer Story Part 10: Treatment Plan

Cancer treatment plans are very much tailored to each individual patient, so before I get to my personal plan (which follows the lumpectomy surgery I had in early December), I want to share some details about my cancer with you. First, let me introduce you to my tumour: invasive ductal carcinoma (80% of breast cancers […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 9: Recovery & Results

Recovery from my lumpectomy and lymph node removal has been really up and down, both physically and emotionally. I haven’t had any issues in terms of the breast surgery itself, but the area under my arm where the lymph nodes were removed has been a lot trickier, with numbness (I still can’t feel myself applying […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 8: Surgery Day

On Monday I had surgery to remove the cancerous tumour in my breast and I’m sharing a recap of the day below. Sunday night I took a Lorazepam to help me sleep, and I was up at 6 a.m. the next morning to shower and head to the hospital. My husband dropped me at the […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 7: Self-Isolation Updates

On November 24 when I received my date for surgery (coming up on Monday, December 7th) I was told to go home immediately and begin self-isolation! Well, I took a detour by the school so I could leave things set up for my replacement teacher, but since then I’ve been hanging out chez moi. (I […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 6: The Role of Faith

So strong. So brave. Wow, I kinda love that people see me this way. But let me be honest: it’s not always the case. And I sure don’t want other cancer patients or survivors to think that’s how they’re “supposed” to appear. I may be a royal-watcher but my upper lip is anything but stiff, […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 5: Surgery Decisions and Details

Before I start I have to share that I was so excited when leaving the hospital after finding out I only had one tumour that I barely registered walking right past an inmate (orange jumpsuit, handcuffs, leg shackles, flanked by a couple of correctional officers) on my way out. This memory popped into my brain […] Read more…

Your Winter Reading List

I have a backlog of excellent book titles to recommend that I was saving for the podcast, but now that I’m on a bit of a health hiatus I figured I should go ahead and share them – so here are some titles to keep you occupied through what may be a COVID quarantine winter! […] Read more…

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