12 inches of hair donated…

My whole idea of cutting my hair started when my aunt told me she had to get a biopsy of the lump on her breast. Those words are dreadful to hear, my aunt, she’s not old enough to get breast cancer. When she was diagnosed my world shifted, my aunt is my inspiration. She is my motivator for everything I do in life. Now I have to be her motivator to get her though this as a team and united as a family. The day I cut my hair was the most proud moment of my life; I have always had long hair. As I sat in the chair my hair dresser was braiding my hair to cut it off. All I thought about was my aunt and the fact that this was such a little thing with such a huge impact on an other person’s life making their treatments just a little easier. The emotions I felt were proud and happy, I was so happy that I did this.

Niece Lora Wahamaa, recently donated 12 inches of her hair through Nils Hair Centre, New Sudbury Shopping Centre, Louise Boschetto  705-566-1457.  Hair is collected and sent to Continental Hair, who make wigs for various hair loss conditions.  The hair needs to be 10 inches or longer.  Thank you to Nils and thank you to you LORA!  I love you, xoxo

I always believed in mind over matter…

Hello my name is Dee. On Feb. 2009 at the age of 52 I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. The largest tumor was 2.8 cm. My mastectomy was scheduled for Feb. 23, my left breast was removed along with 18 lymph nodes which 12 were cancer positive. my cancer was staged at 3/c with 20 % chance of survival with chemo and radiation. I had been through horror before so this was just another challenge for me. In 2001, I left my abusive husband of 25 years to start a new life for myself. In July 2003, I was in a serious motorcycle accident which left my boyfriend dead and me with 70% of my bones shattered along with other numerous injuries.
ICU told my family I would never survive and when I did they said I would never walk. Well I am stubborn and was determined to prove the doctors wrong.
In 2007, I met a wonderful man whom I married. In Sept 2008, we decided to leave southern Ontario and relocate to the French River and start a new life.  It was then I felt a lump in my breast, but I ignored it. The lump grew larger, harder and sore. In Jan. 2009 I went to the breast screening clinic in Sudbury and the rest unfolded. Things where going so fast I had little time to think. After the mastectomy I was scheduled for 6 rounds of chemo and 40 radiation treatments. The chemo went well until the 4th round which landed me in ICU with blood clots on my lung. I was released week later with a script for blood thinners for the next 6 months. I lost every hair on my body and yes even down there. All my nails fell off along with the skin on the palm of my hands and the bottom of my feet. I hung in because I always believed in mind over matter and this cancer didn’t matter. I was going to live!  I went through 38 rounds of radiation but the treatment was stopped because I had 2nd degree burns on my chest and back. The hardest part for me was being 1000 km from my family and friends.   I’m thankful I have a wonderful and caring husband who stood by me. However it appears I have a date with the devil again on Aug. 29 for a biopsy of the cervix. fingers crossed and spirits high. Bless all that are going through treatment and all that have survived. I’ve always believed that it’s not the destination in life, it’s the journey.  During treatment I did compose some poetry. Here is one of my poems…
It’s not enough to say your alive

It’s the quality of your life that counts
Like the weather I have sunny days and cloudy ones
I live as well as I can and worry about as little as I can
I smile when I feel like crying
I laugh when I feel like dying
But not a day goes by that I don’t think about my cancer
Love Mom
I followed up with Dee, here is her response since her appointment on August 29th.
My poker game with devil went well. He had 4 aces and I beat him with a royal flush. The doctor said there was no visable signs of cancer. The samples where sent to the lab for testing. The worst possible outcome would be cancer and if so, it would be in a treatable stage.
Again I will say it’s mind over matter and I was determined to overcome this obstacle. All who are going through this, you must keep your head up and think positive, because it’s the only way to overcome. Take each day as it comes and enjoy every minute of it. Never let the Doctors get you down. All of these tests and surgeries can become overwhelming, but you must hang in there. Be strong.