Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Shave for the Brave Halifax!!

Okay all you Haligonians!  Shave for the Brave is coming to Halifax Shopping Centre for April 14th, 1pm.  So, get your SHAVE ON!  Take the plung and shave your head (or cut off 10+" off your lovely locks), collecting donations for YACC or become a head hunter and find people to cut their hair!  This is to help support Young Adult Cancer Canada!  They bring young adults that have experienced having cancer across Canada together.  This is such a big help, guys!  I cannot put into words what YACC has meant to me since I found last year.  Please spread the word and contact YACC on the Shave for the Brave site to sign up, or contact me and I'll get you in the right direction! xoxo

Here's a LINK to the Facebook event

Monday, 27 February 2012

Please vote for the Kittehs!

This is a vote for the woman that is running "Purple Cat located in Bedford N. S.", a foster home for neglected cats in HRM. I know everyone has their reasons for wanting this, I know we could use it too, like many of my friends that have entered, but this isn't just for a family, this is for animals that have been left for dead. PLEASE find it in your heart to vote for them. Thank you

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Getting more breasty

I had my reconstruction surgery last Tuesday.  I opted for having another mastectomy and two expanders put in place.  This means that over time the doctor will put saline solution in my expanders (that are placed in my chest under the skin and muscle) and slowly stretch the area until it can hold the preferred size of implants that will be my new breasts.  Down side - because I did have 25 rounds of radiation on my right chest there is a chance that I will not be able to stretch that side due to the skin being damaged during the treatment.  There is still a chance I can do this procedure and not have any excessive complications.  And to add help with the healing, Tarol and Danielle from Goblins Comic (an awesome read, if you're not reading it, start now!) sent me Big Ears, a paladin from the comic.  He is by my side to help me on my journey. :)

Here's a pic of me with Ears close to an hour after the surgery
I may look drugged because I most definitely was!  And yes, that is the blanket of adorable evil from Looking for Group ;)

Monday, 20 February 2012

Interview with BCANS

I was interviewed by BCANS (Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia) and the article is now up on their site.  If you'd like to get an idea of my story please feel free to CLICK HERE.  I talk about how I came to discover the lump, the areas of my life it started to affect, and how BCANS and YACC helped me.  It's a lot to cover.  I'm starting to think I should do a page totally dedicated to the journey on my blog here.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Great music - Chad Hatcher

This is a case of hidden treasure.  Classified started being recognized as a great musician a while back and the funny thing is at the same time one musician that had actually made a single with Classified has yet to become truly mainstream.  Chad Hatcher is a Haligonian (from Halifax, Nova Scotia) that is bursting with talent.  I'm quite surprised that he hasn't been noticed in the sea of music.  His work holds so much emotion and thought, Chad's work is a masterpiece, every song speaks volumes.

Amazingly enough, Chad has released a 7 track, FREE album.  Please go to this site CLICK HERE and give his music a go.  Like I said, it is free to download and enjoy.  Believe me, enjoy you will!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Lil Black Cloud

In the five minutes I get to steal for myself I figured it was about time I finally posted something newer.  New month started and I just haven't been able to post.  It makes me feel lazy.  I guess I can't fully feel that way when I'm trying to understand why my back injuries are flared up like fireworks on Canada Day, and my son was severely ill last weekend.  Also have started up a Young Adult group in NS for those of us dealing or that dealt with cancer.  As far as I can tell it's the first one in Halifax.  Search Young Adults in NS & Cancer (YANSCancer) on Facebook if you'd like to join...  There's my self plug for now.

My five minutes are already being cut short so I'll try to type quick:

I don't know if the mood is coming across but there's been something looming over me lately and I wish it would f@** off.  I've been trying to move ahead in life and I feel like someone has a voodoo doll of me in their closet that they wrapped in duct tape to keep me from being able to progress.  Just when things seem to finally be coming into place a wrench is being conveniently thrown at the gears, bouncing off, and smacking me in the forehead.  I try to remain optimistic and "cheery" only to discover that annoying black cloud is still hovering over me saying "I dare you to smile".  And if I do smile, it unleashes the snow/sleet/rain/etc to make sure I land square on my butt.

Short post for now.  I hope the next one has more good news than this one.  Wish me luck, I see the shadows creeping in.