The Hospital Stay….

Yesterday, I was asked by a client what my hospital stay was like after my breast reconstruction. It made me think back to the unpleasantness of the stay, but also the nurses and hospital staff that were so great. I could not really remember it all so I had to look...

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The Journey of Cancer…In My Opinion

To start, I really dislike the word journey. However, it is a word, which works. I have tried other words, like the cancer experience, the cancer bus , the cancer ride, and the crap that you go through with a cancer diagnosis. In the end, journey works because it is...

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My loved one has cancer, how can I help?

Cancer touches our lives in many different ways. Maybe someone you love has been diagnosed, perhaps a coworker or a friend. It might be that you are close with someone who is a caregiver. Many people want to provide some type of help or assistance for that person and...

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You Have Cancer….Now What?

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 that was the last thing, I expected. There was so much information to swallow. Overwhelmed with diagnosis, surgery dates, appointments, scans and too many decisions to make, I felt lost. I wish that I had a to-do list;...

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Hair loss due to chemotherapy – how does one chose a wig?

At The Unexpected Gift we carry a number of wigs. Mainly we concentrate on synthetic wigs. When I bought my own wig 4 years ago, I went for something that I would never naturally have. I decided on a reddish coloured bob, straight hair. I had curly hair, but when I...

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Self-compassion and Cancer

I was in a yoga class about a year ago and the teacher asked a simple question at the beginning of class, she asked us to think about three people who we felt the most love for. My three people were my husband Les, my son Sid and my son Griffin. After she allowed us...

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Four Years Ago Today

It was October 5th, four years ago today when I received the news. The words you have cancer were uttered out loud and my life was changed forever. I had been to the clinic the week before, had the mammogram and ultra sound and then, the wait. The period of time where...

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