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)
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)
“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
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
By MarthaFitat55 February is Heart Month and there are lots of messages across multiple platforms on how to be heart healthy. In the past two decades, we’ve seen a lot of attention being paid to heart health and its links to obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. The messages fall into three camps: what to eat,… Continue reading Guilt-free heart health for women
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
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?
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?
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
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!