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Strike While the Iron is Hot!

on August 31st, 2017 by Rebeccca

For those of you who would like to know when a good time to visit is, it would be when Galen is feeling good. That would be the ideal time! Otherwise, he may be fast asleep, groaning and vomiting with nausea, or spaced out. Sorry – we never know! We asked the palliative care nurse [...]

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The Third Opinion

on August 30th, 2017 by Rebeccca

A friend gave us the name and number of a man in Regina, Stuart Martin, who has been advising cancer patients for a couple of decades and is a cancer survivor himself. We needed someone to advise us on the ins and outs of using medical marijuana. There are so many different online companies and [...]

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The Second Opinion

on August 29th, 2017 by Rebeccca

We were fortunate to have three friends sit in with us during our session with the oncologist. One of them took notes for us. Here is a part of what she noted: “Dr. Ahmed explained that it was almost impossible for them to tell what the primary source of the cancer was.  When they did [...]

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The Roller coaster

on August 28th, 2017 by Rebeccca

I never did like roller coasters. Paying to be scared out of my wits. I prefer slow, thoughtful, cautious movements through space and time. But now (how did this happen anyway??) we are thrown onto this ride, supposedly near its end. Galen has referred to his pain and nausea as a roller coaster. For two [...]

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The magic of dexamethasone

on August 27th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Yesterday we found the best way to get to Tim Hortons. Not that we are big fans of Tim Hortons, unlike 99% of the population. Although they make really good tea. Steeped tea. They must use a process approved by the Queen. I scouted out the route on my own first, wandering through overhead walkways [...]

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Galen’s Diagnosis

on August 25th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Galen has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in the abdomen. The first oncologist that we saw recommended that no treatment be pursued, as the treatment would be too hard on him and not extend his life enough to make up for the extra pain. We are getting a second opinion with another oncologist next [...]

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad

on June 15th, 2014 by Rebeccca

It’s Father’s Day. A year ago today I was with my parents in their condo, helping out with the parts of their lives that were becoming more difficult. . . cooking, cleaning, paying bills, driving. We had gone to church, of course. It was a rare time when my parents didn’t go to church on [...]

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Where is my mother when I need her?

on August 15th, 2013 by Rebeccca

I sit at my mom’s sewing machine. I wonder how long it has been since she used it. A year? Two years? I’m trying to figure out how to thread it. How to set the stitch length. I can’t believe that I am using her machine to modify a pair of her slacks so that [...]

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Break my heart wide open

on June 18th, 2013 by Rebeccca

“Where am I?” My mother turns her head towards me, eyes glazed over. “You’re in the University Hospital in Saskatoon.” “Why am I here?” “You fell and broke your hip.” “Why can’t I get up and go home?” “Well, Mom. You can’t actually walk.” “Why not?” “Because they operated on you. You have a new [...]

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Educating Rebecca

on December 13th, 2012 by Rebeccca

What do you do when you have a broken leg, find it difficult to navigate the stairs and sidewalk leading out of the house, and have a cast that forces the leg to be extended whenever you sit? I’ve taken to building a comfortable nest around my reclining chair with the food and drink to [...]

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