Tag Archives: courage

I am Woman, Hear me Roar

It was more than weird to be able to return to “who I was” 34 years ago.  In fact, it was a bit daunting.  Who wants to see themselves as the “vulnerable” one, the one who has still so many … 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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One year today

It was one year ago – today (figuratively speaking) when my world was turned upside down.  I remember the blood rushing from my head, the feeling of nausea, and words spinning so frantically that nothing was audible.  Well, almost nothing. … Continue reading

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Just Around the Corner

I walk without trepidation. I am flanked on either side by bull-rushes that have shot up tall over the railings during the summer.  They are tired – it’s been a long season. What lays on the other side of those … Continue reading

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The Warrior on the Door

When I first found out I had cancer, I took my daughter shopping.  We ventured into Roots – which we don’t often do as I am quite, well, frugal.  I fell in love with a sweater which I was hesitant … Continue reading

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The Firewall

This summer, cancer walked behind me.  Today – it walks beside me.  I don’t want it to walk in front of me ever again.  And so – I put up a firewall between cancer and I.  That way, I can … Continue reading

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I forgive you, Mom

“I will never leave you, Mom.” “I know, Vandie.  You never have.” It wasn’t long after that exchange of promise and appreciation that my friend, Vandie’s mom, passed away. Funny how no matter how much you do – how much … Continue reading

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Escape from Alcatraz… did you know?

“What do you want to do today”, I asked of my youngest boy David. “Play Settlers of Catan, Mom”, he replied excitedly. The saw hummed outside the bedroom window – our neighbour was building a new deck. The birds chirped … Continue reading

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She hugged him

I didn’t see it coming – my meltdown. The barbecue began innocently enough.  There were neighbours, family, friends.  Everyone was gathering for the feast.  I had established my “place” beside friends, hunkered down into my seat, and was ready to … Continue reading

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Breathe

Anxious Down the hole I go… Stop Try to get out and move forward… Slide If I let myself go I would slide… Invisible Strings that pull my head.. Pressure On my brain that seems to weigh my thoughts down … Continue reading

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