Today, Santa Danny Cried

Santa Danny

Today is Christmas Eve, and I went to the cancer center in Surrey, BC.  I was treated there ten years ago and volunteered for almost five years.  I had a suitcase on wheels that contained my Santa Claus outfit; Santa shouldn’t ever be driving around in a car, because kids who still believe in Santa,… Continue reading Today, Santa Danny Cried

Today’s Cancer Center Visit

This morning, I visited the cancer center in Surrey, BC.  I usually go there every couple of months to say hello.  But today was special.  It was in November 2009 that my radiation and chemotherapy treatments ended. First, I stopped by the chemo room and said hello to my gal pals.  Then, I went downstairs… Continue reading Today’s Cancer Center Visit

What’s In A Name?

Best Friends Forever!

Connie MacLean and I had been friends for a couple of years before I learned one of her best-kept secrets. But I would never share her secret with anyone because I, too, had a similar secret. And when you’re forced to share your secret with another person – it is natural to want to know… Continue reading What’s In A Name?

A Happy Hearts Reunion

Hearts

  The three of us met by chance, ten years ago.  I had just been diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer with only a 40% chance of surviving.  At the time, I was fifty-nine years old.  As I left the oncologist’s office, I tried to remain positive, but I’ve never considered myself to be lucky. … Continue reading A Happy Hearts Reunion

Shadows of September

The Ides of March had long stopped marching, and I had finally reconciled my heart and mind to the notion that ‘you can’t look back.’  I had returned to the land of Ontario only to find that everyone had left without leaving a Dear John or whatever type of note that one usually expects.  … Continue reading Shadows of September

Reflections on Cancer

In November 2009, the radiation and chemotherapy treatments for my stage three throat cancer ended. At the time, I was 59 years old, and I hoped that I would make it to my 60th birthday in January 2010. Here is a clip from the North of 49 TV show that profiled me several months after… Continue reading Reflections on Cancer

Volunteering at the BC Cancer Centre

Originally published January 22, 2012 In June 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and given a 40% chance of surviving if I underwent both radiation (37 days) and three rounds of intensive chemo treatments. The radiation treatments were brutal – I spent several weeks in hospital – and I am still suffering… Continue reading Volunteering at the BC Cancer Centre