my kids

grieving and treatment

My father passed away a couple of weeks ago (the night before I started IT Herceptin, in fact). His service was last week. It was small and private. I was very impressed with the priest who had never met my father but listened to my mom and my sister and said some very thoughtful things.The end of …

the latest developments in the brain of Laurie K

I have been planning for ages to return to writing in this space and feeling a bit guilty about it. I’ve just been really busy with other writing, volunteering, having fun and getting healthy. Ironically, what brings me back is a return of the cancer in my brain. The letter below is an edited version …

it’s deja vu all over again

I’ve been struggling to write this post for the last couple of days. Two nights ago, a friend of my son’s was saying that he finds it much easier to write when he’s writing to someone. My spouse shared that he once had a university prof suggest that he get over writers’ block by starting …

too much. all at once.

Last week, I had CT scans* and treatment on Tuesday, a brain MRI on Wednesday and a bone scan on Thursday. There was also an incident on Tuesday evening with one of the boys, which culminated in the following text from my beloved:  “I now know what projectile vomiting looks like. Can you check Groupon for …

how much to say and how to say it: the blogger’s dilemma

I’m finding my blogging constrained these days by thoughts of how others, particularly my family, are feeling. I’m especially concerned that my children could be reading, if they chose to do so. How could I possibly put my very darkest thoughts here, as well as my most hopeful, happiest, meanest and angriest, knowing that they …

i’ve never liked rollercoasters

Are you sitting comfortably? This is going to be a long one. In late August, during a regular appointment with my medical oncologist, I was informed that my latest brain scan revealed a tiny spot on my cerebellum, exactly where mytumour was in 2012. I was going to write that I was blind-sided but I …