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

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

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I walk 20K steps a day… and I’m getting rid of my Fitbit (Guest Post)

Sam’s recent dilemma about whether or not to replace her Fitbit (and Tracy’s two cents about the whole issue of performance tracking devices) got me thinking about my own Fitbit. Like Sam’s, mine was falling apart, although the app was still syncing well with the device. Here’s the thought process I’ve gone through. I originally… Continue reading I walk 20K steps a day… and I’m getting rid of my Fitbit (Guest Post)

alcohol · Guest Post

​No alcohol for 40 days: Facebook challenge turns into major lifestyle change (Guest post)

Hi, my name is Muriel, and I no longer drink. It started simply enough. A friend said on Facebook in late February that he was looking to give up something for Lent. I suggested, somewhat casually, that we give up drinking. No alcohol for 40 days and 40 nights. It meant saying goodbye to a… Continue reading ​No alcohol for 40 days: Facebook challenge turns into major lifestyle change (Guest post)

body image · link round up

Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #78

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on our Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right? Dancers destroying stereotypes Akira Armstrong was in two Beyoncé videos, but couldn’t find an agent to represent her… Continue reading Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #78