Tag Archives: metastatic cancer

Happy New Year

It’s a new year and I’m getting accustomed to the idea… that it will be my last. It’s been a tumultuous last couple of months. I lost another friend to this horrid disease. Shelagh’s demise was slow and hard to witness. I … Continue reading

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The Real Face of Cancer

Johnny was a family friend who lived on a farm in Whonnock long ago, when the rural area was far from North Vancouver, accessible by narrow country roads. On Sunday, my dad’s day off, he often helped Johnny with concrete work and … Continue reading

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CA 125 Drops 6,100 Points After First Taxol

I remember the days when I was excited about my CA 125 dropping six points, never mind 6,000. But after chemo four-and-half years ago, the tumour marker was in single digits. Anything lower than 32 is considered normal. So the closer … Continue reading

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So Much for Super Heroes: Moving On After a Clinical Trial

Twenty-six years ago I was a brand new mother with an infant son. New life entered the world as my parents received a stunning diagnosis: my strong, tall, lean, sailor father had cancer. Only two months before that phone call he … Continue reading

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Living with the New Normal

In the cancer world we’re fond of reminding ourselves about coping with the new normal. The new normal is what makes our world so different from what it was pre-diagnosis. In my life before cancer, I would never need to … Continue reading

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