Many thanks for your patience with my silence as I’ve been recovering from surgery last month. I needed to take a complete break to let myself heal, and it’s been well worth it. I’m feeling healthy and strong again, although I still tire easily. This is a marathon not a sprint.

The good news is that I just got my pathology report back, and there’s a lot to be very happy about. My lymph nodes are clear and my hormonal markers are good. The cancer is Stage II, and slow growing. Overall, my situation is very treatable (Yeah!) On the not-so-great side, the tumor was larger than they expected (4cm), and of course, it’s still cancer.

I’m exploring mainstream and complementary treatments and healing therapies, and have many appointments booked in the next few weeks.

I feel really good about the diverse team supporting me through this, and incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends, and wider community.

I’m not sure what the future looks like, in the short or long-term, but I feel able to meet whatever it brings. The word “grace” is newly defined within me each day.

Here’s a photo of me on one of my first forays out into the beyond-the-couch world, visiting beautiful old Douglas Fir trees near Bowness Park on the Elbow River here in Calgary.