About being positive

I met with my oncologist on Friday and because they were running an hour behind, and I had an appointment downtown a half an hour from when I was finally brought in, I was getting antsy about getting the appointment started. The nurse told me that it wouldn’t be long, but after another 10 minutes I was getting cranky:

idle hands

Ok not my finest moment. (Note: I didn’t take anything, that would be bad karma!). 

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We’re going streaking with the Lord of the Streak!

Last month we kicked off our runstreaker series with the amazing Joe Smith, and today we want to introduce you to The Lord of the Streak himself!

Paul Smith

Shortly after we started our own runstreak in 2011, Steve found the Lord on Twitter. It wasn’t long before he said ‘you NEED to follow this guy!’ and I did. If I were asked to describe Lord Smythe (given name Paul Smith) in three words they would be: FUN FUN FUN. Continue reading “We’re going streaking with the Lord of the Streak!”

Chemo Survival Kit List

I had a great blog post planned but truthfully the flu has knocked me out, so instead I’m going to share a list that was forwarded to me before I started chemo. This list has been passed on through friends to other friends and so on. Sadly the fact that there is even a market for this list shows how prevalent that (breast) cancer is. I don’t think the author would mind if I put this out there, because it might help someone else (and I have no way of reaching her to ask!).

Chemo Survival Kit

The information below is transcribed as I received it. I’ve added my comments where needed! Continue reading “Chemo Survival Kit List”

Training Recap – January 2018

When I last posted about my training it wasn’t going as well as I had expected, but was going exactly as it was supposed to go! I was ambitious (steroids!) and excited to get started, but post chemo fatigue was setting in, and I had surgery coming up and

Training is all about adjusting the program as we go along, right?

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My sleep had been restless this past week as I got closer to hearing my pathology results. I knew that regardless of the outcome that I would need radiation, but there were still some what ifs:

  • What if there was some spread?
  • What if the surgeon didn’t remove enough around the tumour and the margins around it weren’t clear?
  • What if it was all a complete failure and I needed more surgery? More chemo? Or even worse, what if there was nothing else for me?

I was a bit like a kid at Christmas – I wanted to peek into ‘MyChart’ online to see if my results were up, but knew that I wouldn’t understand most of what was written and there would invariably be something there I wouldn’t want to see.

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