In July 2012 I was a healthy, mid thirties, active and busy executive and stepmom. In August 2012, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. It would take me eight months to re-identify as a healthy woman living with cancer. I’ve learned some stuff along the way, and continue to do so. I do not advocate abandoning standard medical treatment in favour of exclusive use of alternative approaches. I do advocate a patient’s responsibility to educate herself, and right to participate in treatment and health planning, and to incorporate complimentary approaches that are judged to be safe. In May 2015, my MRI showed progression and growth in my tumour, and so in September 2015 I underwent an awake craniotomy to resect as much of the tumour as possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy during October/November 2015. When removed, my tumour pathology was classified as a WHO grade III anaplastic oligodendroglioma.
Living in the Canadian prairies, following a high fat/low carb diet to achieve “therapeutic ketosis”. I’m certified to teach yoga, am a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist in yoga and Breast Cancer Recovery, and Pilates, and am always interested in restorative effects of movement and meditation.
Loving: my family, my work, true friends, living in the present.
Excluding from my life: the cult of busy, small thinking, cold hearts.
Doing my best to contribute more than I consume and to sleep through the night.
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