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First World Problems

Oh, how I faced so many issues already today and realized how quickly they could be resolved. My stomach was growling this morning.  The cure for that was breakfast. I was cold.  The cure was to turn up the furnace. … Continue reading

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My Debt

I have borrowed a lot in my life and I am in a great deal of debt. My husband was vigilant throughout the time I was receiving chemo-therapy.  There was never a time when he was too busy to attend … Continue reading

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A Snoopy Kind of Day

“Stacey, looking at your paper-work and all you and your family have been through this past year – go for it!  Do things while you are healthy and can enjoy life.” At first, I was very happy to hear these … Continue reading

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Into the night

It was dark this morning.  The kind of dark that wraps itself around you enough that you don’t want to get out of bed because you think it must still be midnight.  The kind of dark that whispers “stay in … Continue reading

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Amen to Donors

“I donated blood again today, Mom.  Now – I’m up to four pints.  I could have saved your life”, my daughter explained  to me yesterday. “Not quite.  Mom needed 6 pints, Katya”, my husband added. “What?” “Yes.  Four during surgery … Continue reading

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Lost and ground(ed)

The firewall is down.  I am exposed.  Today, I meet with the doctor for my 3 – month follow up.   And I feel like I am walking on broken glass. I wonder if that’s a bad thing?  It is … Continue reading

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A Far Off Dream

Yesterday – I thought Stage IV cancer was a death sentence. Today – I know it’s not. Tomorrow – I will begin a new life in remission. Yesterday – I had no idea of my own strength. Today – I … Continue reading

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When all is said and done

When all is said and done, what do I do?  I am terrified that I will slip back into my life of day-by-day.  I am terrified that the pace of life will pick up.  I am terrified that I will … Continue reading

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A good ending?

The story unfolded in every detail My highs and my lows were no longer veiled The journey was long and arduous at best I think I have finally been able to rest No doubt there’ll be more and more healing … Continue reading

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The best way to spend a life sentence is to live

“How does one say thank-you”, I asked my surgeon, Dr. Bernardini, at the post-surgery appointment today at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. I wished so dearly that he could see the words and emotions that were so firmly stuffed  into … Continue reading

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