New volunteer gig

On my last day in the classroom this past school year, the teacher I was working with strongly urged me to find somewhere in the community to volunteer over the summer. 

It didn’t take much thought to come up with the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Falconridge club. The kids are broken into two groups: 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. 

I’ve had two shifts at the Club, one with each group, and I’ve really enjoyed it!

At the school, I was doing 4 2hr shifts a week. Now I am doing 3 3hr shifts a week, which I hope will increase my stamina with the longer shifts. 
I sense this is going to be a most rewarding summer!

MRI review

Well if yesterday was good news, today was GREAT news!

My latest MRI was clean and was stable compared to my last MRI in February!

My next scan is in four months, instead of three months!
I am also being moved from the main neuro oncology clinic into a post-treatment clinic!
I still have a ways to go, but I’m working hard at it. 

The walk for the Brain Tumour Foundation is coming up in just over a week. If you could please donate to my team, I would be so appreciative. A link to our team page is either below or on the right. 

Thanks for following!

Another Milestone

today marked another milestone in my journey, as my file was closed by my psychiatrist!
Depression is not unexpected in cancer patients, and I was taken into PsychoSocial care at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) in February of 2014.  Since then, I have been seeing a psychologist and then a psychiatrist. 

Today, I met with my Psychiatrist who decided that I am no longer in need of psychoSocial care and has closed my file!
Along with all other care I have received through the TBCC, this care was top-notch. 


Now, fingers crossed for more good news at my MRI review tomorrow!

Visiting The Calgary Zoo

15 months and 4 days ago, Dad, Mom and Dawn decided I needed to get out of the house to for at least a few hours to clear the dark cloud of depression. Today the depression is gone and I toured the Zoo under the power of my own two feet. 

Days like today help me see just how far I’ve come in this journey. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t have got here with the small amount of grace I have without the amazing support of Dawn, Mom and Dad pulling and pushing me when needed. 

I am also eternally grateful to my Grandparents for the countless rides to appointments. And to the family and friends who have been able to take me on “dates” 

I am also thankful for the family and friends near and far who support me in their own special ways. 

Back to school

I went back to school today!

My Mom had a fantastic idea for me to rebuild my strength and stsmina to eventually be able to return to work. That idea was to volunteer at the elementary school 2 blocks away from my house.

Its been a long process as I had to have a police check done, then the schools went on spring break. Yesterday, I received a phone call from a grade 4 teacher at the school hoping to snatch me up before another teacher did!

From 1-3 today, I was in the classroom having a few kids read out loud to me, then helping a few more understand the different formats dates can be displayed, and how to traslate from one to another. For example:

January 3, 2005 = 2005/0103

The teacher asked me to share my storywith the kids, which I happily did, they were very interested and had lots of questions, and I’m sure they’ll have more for me soon.

I also helped one student write an outline for her short story.

The experience was rewarding, and Ican’t wait to return tomorrow.

The plan for now is to go 2 hours each of Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then 1 hour each of Tuesday and Thursday.

I’m excited to be able to share these experiences with you!

Spring Sprint

Hi family, friends, and friends of family and friends! The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is operating an awareness/fundraising event in Calgary called the Spring Sprint. It is a 2.5 or 5km walk. For obvious reasons, I will be participating this year.

I Have started a team called With Flying Colours, and you can register to walk with me. My team’s fundraising goal is a lofty $5,000. Please help if you can!

The team page for With Flying Colours is:

MRI results

It just occurred to me that I’ve been a bit slow in updating my blog.

Last week, Feb 9th and 12th, Mom, Dawn and I got my latest MRI results and they’re good!

No new growth showed up and both my neuro surgeon and oncologist are happy with what they saw.

They are both also very pleased with the improvement in my strength.

I’m not ready to return to work yet, but I am making great progress!

Sorry for the late post!

Quick update

I recently picked up a slide board. it’s a training tool that will help with my skating. It will hopefully allow me to come back stronger than ever!

Things are going really well for me. I’m regaining strength and abilities every day!

I had my first post-treatment MRI last night, Feb 2nd, and should get the results next week!

Bye for now!

Wrapping up 2014

A small group gathered at my request on New Years day for what was supposed to be a celebration of the end of my treatment. I instead turned it to be about everyone else. To Thank those that were there for me and their part in my journey. I did a small speech, and here it is. I didn’t have a microphone, so you’ll have to turn up the volume.

I missed some important people in this speech, and they are my English family, the Denningbergs and the Haywards

To Travis, thank you for being an amazing sounding board when I felt the most alone.

And to the Chorneys, you are one of the best things to come out of this experience!

As we are now in 2015, I am leaving the events of the last 17 months behind, and am very much looking forward to seeing what great things the universe has in store for me.

Thank you all for following along with my journey.