about & not-for-profit

I’m 44 years young, a mother of two, girl 12 and boy 10. I live in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Canada.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2013 at the fabulous age of 40.

Here is the medical jargon:

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma;
stage 3;
grade 3 (most aggressive, 1 being least);
estrogen and progesterone positive;
HER2 negative;
cancerous lymph nodes detected and removed: 2

I’m not new to the ‘cancer club’, my husband at the age of 34 in 2007 was also diagnosed with cancer – Small Lymphatic Lymphoma and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. You can read more about this in my entry called ‘sleeping sickness’. Being the wife of someone who went through cancer treatments I feel like my own experience was somehow easier knowing I could be healed and live on.

I don’t want to be defined by my cancer diagnosis but I want to share with people what I’ve been through and still going through in the my world of crappy breast cancer to help others going through a similar experience. Am I scared? Hell yes I’m scared! I think about cancer everyday – but I try to have a positive outlook and embrace yesterday, today and tomorrow. Is it crazy we both have cancer?! Yes it’s crazy, life is crazy. Some days I feel like I’m in a ‘twilight zone, most days really but I’m good at being ‘fine’. Reality has been permanently warped for me.

Sarcasm is my best friend, especially when writing about #sexybreastcancer.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

breastsinthecity.com is a not-for-profit foundation that I’ve been dreaming about and reinventing in my mind since March 2014 when I was doing chemotherapy treatments. It’s goal is to help women in the community of Ottawa, Canada who are financially challenged while they are going through treatment. Believe me a lot of people do not have the same access as others. period.

Currently, I am in the process of applying for charity status here in Canada to attaint a registered tax number.

I’ll be doing an interview with a genius in the cancer research world on September 1, 2016 ~ Dr. John Bell. I will share the video on my blog and website once it’s complete. He gives the cancer world hope for a cure… seriously… his work is killing cancer.

Here’s a video which features Dr. John Bell if your curious…and you should be…

To start this blog from the beginning, you have to click on the Archives in February 2015. The first entry was posted on February 15, 2015 called ‘5.1 centimetres’. Oh and you might want to grab a set of headphones to listen to the beats…..

Linus

2 thoughts on “about & not-for-profit

  1. This is your cousin contacting you from Nova Scotia. Small world huh? Your dad told me about your blog. Great title for it. I too had DCIS and had surgery on August 25, 2015.. It was 10 centimetres, 10 lymph nodes removed. I’m happy to say it did not spread and no radiation, or chemo required.

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