A Happy Hearts Reunion

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  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

CANCER: My Third Anniversary – Part 4 of 4

Originally published August 27, 2012 Please read Parts 1, 2, and 3 before reading this  Monday, August 18, 2009 Oncology Floor 51N – Surrey Memorial Hospital I was awake most of the night (worrying) and had just started to fall back asleep when the nurse came into my room.  I looked at my watch –… Continue reading CANCER: My Third Anniversary – Part 4 of 4

Cancer: My Third Anniversary – Part 1 of 4

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Originally published August 16, 2012  The third anniversary of my first cancer treatment (August 18, 2009) was approaching and I wanted to write something about my experience – so that others might gain an understanding of this terrible disease. At first, I didn’t know exactly what I would write – there was so much to… Continue reading Cancer: My Third Anniversary – Part 1 of 4

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