Tag Archives: encouragement

I need to teach

I feel like a trapped animal today.  My colleagues are back at work, back contributing to society.  Here I am.  At home.  Sipping coffee.  It seems my living conditions are quite wonderful.  I have shelter, food, space, water. Yet – … Continue reading

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Stronger, faster, fitter?

Fitness Used to be easier Four more, used to be achievable Push ups, sit ups, chin ups Are only a concept right now But I keep trying To take deep breaths And continue to move my feet I have to … Continue reading

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Trudge, trudge, trudge. Huff, puff, huff.

Today’s post was inspired by this morning walk with Kevin (again) and the story of “The Little Engine that Could” (again).  This time, though, the two concepts “met”.  Enjoy. Trudge, trudge, trudge.  Huff, puff, huff.  I walked through the snow … Continue reading

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Ode to the Teachers of the Learning Centres

Dear Learning Centre colleagues: As always, I stare at this blank page and wonder how the heck I can communicate the thoughts and feelings that are tucked down inside me?  I am inspired and full of ideas.. but these days … Continue reading

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I think I can, I think I can…

The dawn began for me at 4:00 this morning.   That was no great surprise since my day ended yesterday at 7 pm!  I guess this last batch of chemo is having an accumulative impact on my hemoglobin.  Thank God … Continue reading

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Ruth

It is always a battle of mind over matter the day I head for chemo and yesterday was no exception. I worried about getting up in time to fit in a walk, a shower, remembering to take my anti-nausea pills, … Continue reading

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Sometimes you are the Bug, sometimes you are the Windshield

This post is dedicated to my friends and family. I have always insisted that it is easier to be the patient with cancer (the bug) than it is to be the supporter (the windshield). My job is simple – it … Continue reading

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We can do it, can’t we?

“Just six more.  Come on – we are strong!  We can do it, right? Let’s go!” “Vandie – you are killing us!” we, the fitness ladies in Vandie’s fitness studio, whined and complained.    But we did it – we … Continue reading

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Saturday Mornings with Barb

“How are you feeling, Barb?”  was the question with which I began my Saturday morning walk with Barb. “More informed.”  I think was her reply.  “I am much richer because of my experience.  Running for council was one of the … Continue reading

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And Then it Dawned on Me

I watched the clock last night.  It seemed every “benchmark” hour would be destined to last an eternity.  But that was not the case.  Rather than counting minutes passing, I only saw chunks of time pass.  Eleven o’clock flipped to … Continue reading

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