Set Phasers to Stun

Do you know how rain gets into rain clouds?  It’s not just a matter of warm air rising into the sky and condensing.  How does the water find (or make) the cloud?  Charge.  It doesn’t just float around up there. Water may very well have a 4th phase. water gel ice vapour If you have…

Chemo Brain

At first, I thought it was just the acute stress of my Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis.  February 7th … I was on a train heading home, leaning my head against the freezing rain splattered window and crying.  My GP had called the day before and said they had an appointment for me to see…

Sticks & Stones

Do you remember that childhood chant? Sticks and stones May break my bones … But words will never hurt me. Even when I said it as a child, I didn’t believe it. Words hurt. They cut to the bone and lodge themselves deep within.  They do permanent and lasting damage. CANCER. Is a terrifying word….

Little Blue Dots

I’m in the final leg of my breast cancer journey. Today I went for my radiation consult & planning session.  My Radiation Oncologist Dr. IQ* went through the risks, plans, pros/cons again and had me sign the consent form.  I have a 30% chance of breast cancer reocurrance without radiation … 10% chance with.  I’m…

30 New Experiences

Did I post my 1 Second Everyday video here?  I know I put it up on Facebook … but #chemobrain has fogged out whether I put it up here.  1 Second Everyday is a phone app which let’s you mash a couple of seconds of video together.  The premise is that you take video every…

Meet Jerri!

I totally forgot (#chemobrain) to introduce you to Jerri!  Jutta and Gerry came to Chemo #15 with me so I that is how I named this wig. Meet Jerri! Jerri tells fortunes! That’s when I got her way back in 2011 for $15. She has been through many belly-dancing events with me. Jerri bellydances. Jerri…

Ring the Bell

Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. There is a plot culminating into a climax … followed by an anti-climax to the end … and then the epilogue. Today – as I completed 16 chemo infusions in 5 months (23 weeks), interrupted by 5 trips to Emergency and 2 hospital stays totalling 10 days…

The Countdown is ON!

FIVE!!!!!  Today is my fifth last chemo infusion!!!!!  I can finally – finally – see the light at the end of this terrifying tunnel.  I was absolutely giddy with excitement as I waltzed into the Chemo Lounge … in a long black dress with a side slit all the way up my thigh and my…

Brand Spankin’ New Breasts!

I visited my Reconstruction Surgeon – Dr. V – yesterday.  He is young, stylish, engaging and forthright.  And he is Dr. X’s next door neighbour in the medical building.  Dr. V shook my hand as he welcomed me into his large and beautifully decorated office and Heather beamed her best smile. “I’m Dr. X’s favourite…

Stubborn or Tenacious?

My Oncologist Dr. F read me the riot act today … for not going to Emerg when my fever hit 39.6C/103F on the weekend … a whole degree over the GO TO EMERG IMMEDIATELY level. I told her that I had no one to take care of my son and dogs.  She said “You’re useless…

Cancer is a Piece of Cake

I’ve been asked many times – and it’s a valid question which I don’t mind clarifying – if they got all my cancer.  It came up at dinner, and I thought of this analogy which would help answer “Did they get all of it?” The answer from me, my surgeon Dr X, my oncologist Dr….

The Chronicles of Cancer – Pink Dot Detour

This is the entire list of related blog entries written since I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. These are heart and brain dumps as I go through diagnosis and treament.  When I began to blog my journey, I decided I would write authentically and not hold back anything.  I’ve written about the good,…