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Another Tough Go

As I write today, I’m more or less confined to my lounge chair still feeling the effects of my last chemo treatment. I did not have the neuropathy pain this go-round, which gave me such a huge sense of relief, … Continue reading → Original link
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Happy Dance!

I am a walking, dancing, miracle this morning! I should be in the throes of battling excruciating neuropathy pain, the nasty side effect I’ve dealt with over the last two rounds after chemo, but instead in this third round I … Continue reading → Original link
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Half Way There!

My daughter texted me a cute giphy, while I was hooked up to my IV yesterday for my 3rd round of chemo, of Bon Jovi singing, “Woah, we’re half way there!  Woah, livin’ on a prayer!”  For those of you … Continue reading → Original link
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Are We There Yet?

My parents loved to go for long drives. When my brother and I were too young to be left at home, we would accompany them on these drives. Generally my Dad would head towards the mountains and in the early … Continue reading → Original link
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Spiritual Markers

I have several collections in my home. I have a Precious Moments collection, an extensive Angel figurine collection, and a shelf display that pays tribute to my favourite book heroine, “Anne of Green Gables”. I am not a minimalist when … Continue reading → Original link
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On the Ropes

It has been a tough go-round. At one point I was down for the count, but with the help of the entire “Team” in my corner praying and cheering me on, I slowly got back on my feet. Today I … Continue reading → Original link
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Round 2

I have always called having cancer a battle. I like to visualize myself in a boxing match, sparring with a far bigger adversary than myself. According to the tape, as they say, cancer may seem to be the bigger opponent … Continue reading → Original link
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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11:15, talks about a women’s long hair being her “crowning glory”, her “pride and joy” in the NLT translation, and her hair given to her by God as a covering.  Proverbs 16:31 calls gray hair a … Continue reading → Original link
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Laughter is the BEST Medicine

You don’t have to be around me long to know I love to laugh.  I have been told that I have a very distinct, and hearty laugh.  My husband has spent over forty years in the pursuit of trying to … Continue reading → Original link
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Side Effects

The last couple of days I’ve been in the throes of battling a particularly nasty chemo side effect. I had expected nausea and vomiting but I hadn’t expected pain. I have a pretty high threshold for pain but this caught … Continue reading → Original link
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A Wedding Dress, A Rainbow, a Rose Garden and Chemo

Puzzled by the title?  Wondering how a wedding dress, a rainbow, a rose garden and finally chemo should be linked all together?  Well, it’s been an interesting few days for me and it started with wedding dress shopping with my … Continue reading → Original link
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There and Back Again

My husband and I came back from a wonderful week away taking in the Word Award Gala evening in Hamilton on June 14, as well as visiting family in Ottawa.  Although I did not win in the categories I was … Continue reading → Original link
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Run the Race Marked Out for You

It is no secret that I am an enthusiastic sports fan. My sweet husband and children cannot stymie my outbursts as I cheer perhaps a little too loudly for my favourite team, especially during the playoffs. I enjoy watching almost … Continue reading → Original link
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My Pain, Your Gain

It’s no coincidence that this Oswald Chambers quote has come across my path in several settings and through different conversations I have had with several people recently. I didn’t hesitate to share openly about my new cancer diagnosis as soon … Continue reading → Original link
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Plans Change

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 Our plan was to spend a week in Rome, then board a ship on the 1st of June to cruise the Mediterranean for eleven … Continue reading → Original link
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Diagnosis

What has changed from yesterday to today? The sun rose on schedule this morning as it did yesterday. I woke up beside my husband this morning and asked, “Good morning, how did you sleep?” The same words I had spoken … Continue reading → Original link
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Grateful

I was noticing the dust starting to accumulate around me. A small spider was doing acrobatics over my head and all I could do was watch his dangling antics parked as I was in my lounger unable to do much … Continue reading → Original link
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Post Op

It’s been one week now since my undergoing major surgery to remove a fast-growing mass on my right ovary. I’m well into recovery mode now, parked for most of the day in my lounger, being waited on by my sweet … Continue reading → Original link
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Mother’s Day Is All Year Long

The Mother’s Day tributes have been showing up on social media for over a month now.   On T.V., the commercials highlight ways you can spend money giving your mother the “perfect” gift, or taking her out to her favourite restaurant, … Continue reading → Original link
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Shortlisted!

All I can say is, “WOW!”  Such an incredible honour to be shortlisted in two categories in the 2019 Word Awards that celebrates Canadian Christian writing. This year, the shortlists were announced by live stream thanks to Castle TV and … Continue reading → Original link
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