body image · Guest Post

Thriving after double mastectomy for breast cancer without breast reconstruction (Guest post)

Sam recently forwarded this New York Times article to me, about the increasing numbers of women who are choosing to “live flat” after mastectomy, forgoing the reconstructive surgery that would give them artificial breasts. I’ve talked here and here about my own choice to live flat after a double mastectomy for breast cancer, and I… Continue reading Thriving after double mastectomy for breast cancer without breast reconstruction (Guest post)

body image · fitness · gender policing · Guest Post

Breast cancer is turning me into a man. And I’m kind of okay with that. (Guest post)

I was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer, and since then have had a double mastectomy and two courses of chemotherapy that have left me breastless and bald. For a woman who had large breasts and long hair, it’s been a big change. But I’m finding I’m strangely comfortable with my new appearance, shocking as… Continue reading Breast cancer is turning me into a man. And I’m kind of okay with that. (Guest post)

Aikido · Guest Post · martial arts

What martial arts taught me about fighting breast cancer (Guest post), #breastcancer, #cancer

“You’re the happiest cancer patient I’ve ever seen.” I was having coffee with a psychotherapist friend, and her words caught me off-guard. I thought I was handling my breast cancer diagnosis well, but I hadn’t realized my attitude was remarkable. Most people I know are scared of cancer. Scared of hearing about it, scared of… Continue reading What martial arts taught me about fighting breast cancer (Guest post), #breastcancer, #cancer

clothing · cycling · fashion · injury

Here comes the Sun! Summer sports and skin cancer

Skin cancer is on the rise in Canada, dramatically so. And we’re emerging from a particularly brutal winter so it can be hard to believe that the sun is our enemy. I think Canadians tend to not pay attention to skin cancer and sun because much of our year is so dark and cold. When… Continue reading Here comes the Sun! Summer sports and skin cancer

fitness

Petit Train Du Nord, a Delightful Bike Adventure

I had not biked at all this year but I was determined to have an active holiday with my partner. Sam recommended this delightful route and boy-howdy was it worth it. The route is a reclaimed rail line that has a combo of asphalt and crushed stone surface. Since it was used by a train,… Continue reading Petit Train Du Nord, a Delightful Bike Adventure

fitness · health

Testing, testing: how much preventative care and screening do we need?

Important note: as they say, I’m not a doctor (well, not an MD; my philosophy PhD really doesn’t count here). We all read, talk to people and make our own decisions about what to do based on our particular values and needs and goals and bodies and finances and time. So this isn’t advice, much… Continue reading Testing, testing: how much preventative care and screening do we need?

addiction · advertising · alcohol · fitness · Martha's Musings

What’s wine got to do with it?

by MarthaFitat55 As someone who has been exploring different ways to be fit, healthy, and happy,  the question of alcohol comes up often. Usually the question from the fitness point of view focuses on the calories in alcohol or avoiding overindulgence vis a vis athletic performance.  When it comes to health, the issue is more… Continue reading What’s wine got to do with it?

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Getting Naked with Toronto’s NOW Magazine

In November, I wrote about the possibility of participating in NOW magazine’s annual Love Your Body issue. Each year in January, the Toronto weekly magazine features ten Torontonians who speak on body positivity, and discuss their body’s stories. Well, if you picked up last week’s copy, you’d see that I was selected to participate! And… Continue reading Getting Naked with Toronto’s NOW Magazine

fitness · swimming

(Guest post) Distance swimming– what is it good for? Everything!

Here’s a guest post by Michele M (posted by Catherine W) Content note: This post contains some talk about eating disorders. Last week, I swam 10.3 miles in the Tennessee River in 5 hours and 8 minutes. I used the race to raise money for a family with two small boys who just lost their… Continue reading (Guest post) Distance swimming– what is it good for? Everything!

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Rational dread, existential lullabies, hot flashes, and the changing of seasons

I posted on Facebook the other day that while sleep may be my super power, hot flashes are my kryptonite. “So hot flashes, I’m not a fan. Usually I’m too cold so I thought they might not be so bad. But flinging off the blankets doesn’t help. Cold water doesn’t help. It’s like you’re heating… Continue reading Rational dread, existential lullabies, hot flashes, and the changing of seasons