About Face!

Last weekend began like most other holiday weekends with one exception; the right side of my face appeared to be swollen.  The swelling was on my lower jaw, where I had a tooth extracted two years ago. An oral surgeon extracted the tooth because the area of the extraction is where the radiation field was. … Continue reading About Face!

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

Yesterday’s News

I had just pulled into the Langley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery’s parking lot when my phone started to ring.  I glanced at the call display – it was the veterinarian’s office!  I’d been anxiously waiting to hear the results of Holly’s ultrasound test to see if the Cushing disease was in her adrenal gland or… Continue reading Yesterday’s News

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

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

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)

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 3 of 4

Originally published August 24, 2012 Please read Parts 1 & 2 before reading this post. Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – Fraser Valley Cancer Centre (FVVC) I arrived at the FVCC and went to the Oral Oncology Department for a dental examination. An X-ray machine did a 360° rotation around my head – taking pictures of… Continue reading Cancer: My Third Anniversary – Part 3 of 4

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