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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 …

so this happened

On April 1st, I had a brain MRI. Then, last week, the very competent secretary who works with my neurosurgeon, left me the following message on my voice mail: “The written report is not yet available but Dr. S. has looked at your MRI and he says that it looks better. He says he doesn’t need …

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 …

some good news for a change

Something good was announced last week and I nearly missed it. A news release from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network landed in my inbox last Wednesday. It contained the fantastic news that Kadcyla (formerly known as TDM-1) has been approved “on a time limited basis” for “HER-2 positive, metastatic breast cancer patients who have initiated …

wishing you continued good health

As, I mentioned in my last post,  I’ve been working on a campaign called Fair Cancer Care. We’re hoping to create awareness, followed by change to how chemotherapy drugs are covered in Ontario. We launched in time for the provincial election campaign, in the hopes that we can get our local candidates to take an …

introducing: #FairCancerCare

In Canada, we tend to think that, should be unlucky enough to get cancer, our health care system will cover the cost. For thousands of Canadians, this is not the case.Ontario is heading into a provincial election. Will you sign our petition to ensure everyone has access to the best care their oncologist prescribes for …