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

An Empty Bucket List

In January 2010, I got a call from David McDonald, who was a film student at Simon Fraser University.  At the time, his graduating class was producing their final film project, and David wanted me to be in their film.  I was in his class’s first-year film project ‘Dead Air’ which was my first film… Continue reading An Empty Bucket List

Notes from the North Pole

In 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and given only a 40% chance of surviving.  Not knowing how much time I had left and the fact that I hadn’t celebrated Christmas for many years – I  wanted to see if I could get that same holiday spirit that I used to get when I… Continue reading Notes from the North Pole

A Smokin’ Story

The 99B bus was coming into view, and the guy standing beside me at the bus stop had just lit a cigarette.  As I was putting some distance between us, I watched with interest as the man began taking fast, short puffs – with his fingers holding the cigarette against his lips the whole time!… Continue reading A Smokin’ Story

My friend Norm

Norm and Santa (2013)

We were playing ‘voice-mail tag’ for a few days, but I finally got a hold of him yesterday, while waiting for my appointment at the Cancer Centre in Vancouver.  We hadn’t seen each other for about five weeks, and I missed our weekly talks over coffee.  I have lots of friends but only a very few… Continue reading My friend Norm

Volunteer Week (April 6-12)

Someone once asked me “What are you going to do when you retire?”  Without hesitating, I answered, “I don’t know!” From the first day that I started working to support myself (in 1968), I told myself that things would get more comfortable if I worked hard.  And if things did get better for me – I… Continue reading Volunteer Week (April 6-12)

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