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My Photo Journal, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, I would like to share with you some pictures, which show the highs and lows of the past year for me.

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2012 got off to a great start with a FREE trip to Florida (compliments of my sister, Lynette and hubbie Jeff).  Soaking up the sun for a couple of weeks, while recouping from my chemo, was definitely one of the perks of having cancer!

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On January 28th, I celebrated my 45th birthday, just four day after undergoing a mastectomy.

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In February it was off to St. John’s for me for five weeks of Radiation Treatments.  It was nice to spend time with Shawn, but I really missed my kiddies!

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I finished the last of my cancer treatments on March 30th, almost exactly one year from the time I was diagnosed.  I was home just in time to start my seeds with Ben!

New year 3

In April, Shawn and I traveled to Nova Scotia for my very first Breast Cancer Retreat.  It was a very “healing experience” for me.

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In May, I went to my second retreat, but this time was a little different:  I was guest speaker to an audience of more than 200 women! (Definitely a perk) I also met some great friends along the way.

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Shawn and I enjoyed lots of outdoor activities during the summer.  This photo was taken in June in Shoal Harbor.

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In July, I experienced  a “little setback”, a lingering infection which put me in the hospital three times on I.V antibiotics.  (Definitely NOT a perk!)

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In August it was off to PEI with Shawn and the Williams family for some much needed R and R.

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In September I went back to work as a School Counselor, after a 17 month break away from my work.  It was so great to connect with the kids again.

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For Halloween, 2012, I dressed as a Blue Butterfly; a symbol which held a lot of meaning for me during my cancer journey.

Me, Donovan and Kaitlyn in Times Square

Me, Donovan and Kaitlyn in Times Square

November found me in New York.  I had promised my kids when I was diagnosed that when I was well enough we would take a trip to the Big Apple….but if you were following my blog, you will know that it turned out to be the “Big Rotten Apple” for me.

CPG_9962In early December, I said good-bye to my beloved Patches, my constant companion through cancer.

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But the year ended on a great note, surrounded by the ones I love.

Happy New Year!  May you be blessed with good health, good friends and a supportive family in 2013. (Those are the REAL perks!)

Inspiration Saturday

Spring Snow Storm

On Friday, March 30, 2012, I had my last radiation treatment.  In one year I have undergone countless tests and procedures; three surgeries resulting in the loss of my left breast and associated lymph nodes; six rounds of chemotherapy and 25 radiation treatments.  It is done.  I am now ready to put cancer behind me and get on with my life, with a few battle scars to mark my journey.

Given this joyous occasion, even the spring snow storm that I am facing this morning cannot dampen my spirits.  If you are looking for inspiration on this cold (if you are living in Newfoundland) morning, check out how tough we Canadian women are: