Tag Archives: asking for help

Denial can be a very powerful ally at times like these!

I shall be undergoing major surgery in less than 48-hours. Just before support group on Saturday, it occurred to me that the whole idea of surgery has become normalized for me. Within the breast cancer community, we often talk about surgery as if it were a ‘normal’ occurrence. After being immersed into the community for… Read More »

No chocolate or coffee for a month??

Of all the things the resident said, this was the one that stuck – no coffee or chocolate (more specifically, no caffeine) for a month after surgery. You see, caffeine is a vessel constrictor (it makes your blood vessels smaller). Microsurgery involves reattaching things at the vascular level – and as such, you want the… Read More »

The generosity of strangers …

As many of you know, I’m an avid cyclist. Cycling has been one of the things that kept me sane though AC chemo. It is also one of the things I’ve struggled with on Taxol. One of the unfortunately side effects of Taxol is cognitive disassociation – where my brain cannot process visual queues as… Read More »

Significance of dates and getting ready for chemo

It is funny how special dates have meaning – and how we know what dates are good dates and which are not. I wanted to strongly avoid starting chemo on July 1st, as I did not want every Canada Day to be a reminder. Instead, the date aligns with a date that already has meaning… Read More »

The role of fate in my life

Although I don’t believe in a god per se, I do believe in some form of fate. Throughout our bicycle journey (http://goingeast.ca/blog) we often felt that something was looking out for us. When I started my PhD, I reflected on fate here. I think that fate played a role in helping me be prepared for the challenges… Read More »