breast cancer

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…

My Breast Cancer Story: Part 1 (With FAQs)

There’s no burying the lede here, since it’s right in the title: I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. While jokes were made that the week of the US presidential election felt like waiting for biopsy results, I was *actually* waiting for biopsy results – and America definitely got better news than I did. No matter […] Read more…

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