My Gal Pal, Betty

We met a couple of years ago when I volunteered at the cancer center in Surrey, BC.  My buddy Norm, (who was also a volunteer) and I used to walk over to the adjoining Surrey Memorial Hospital and buy a $10 Big Lottery ticket from the smiling ‘ticket lady.’ On our first visit to the… Continue reading My Gal Pal, Betty

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

Dog Days of Summer

My Holly Golightly - she's a Coton de Tulear

I recently changed the URL of my website from danielstandrews.net to danielstandrews.com, but the change should be seamless.  However, I won’t be posting any new blogs for the remainder of July but will resume writing again in August (I’ve been busy traveling to exotic places and volunteering in Ronald McDonald House at Surrey Memorial Hospital).… Continue reading Dog Days of Summer

Pinch me – please!

Fraser Valley Cancer Centre

Originally published October 19, 2012 My morning drive to work (volunteering at the Fraser Valley Cancer Center in Surrey) began like many other commutes I had taken over the past year.  I was treated at the center in 2009, as a stage three cancer patient. Suddenly, things started to get weird when I heard a… Continue reading Pinch me – please!