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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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How martial arts have changed me. (Results may vary.) (Guest post)

I’m reflecting on my life at the moment. Maybe it’s the impending New Year, maybe it’s that a dear friend has just died, maybe it’s that a family member has recently had a life-threatening health scare, maybe it’s that the most recent chapter of my life has been one of huge changes – including my… Continue reading How martial arts have changed me. (Results may vary.) (Guest post)

Aikido · Guest Post

Being okay with what is (Guest post)

In a recent post (What if this is a good as it gets?), Sam mused about whether or not to quit aikido, or continue training – possibly forever as a green belt (4th kyu). I read the post with great interest, because I’ve recently struggled with the exact same dilemma, and I was curious to… Continue reading Being okay with what is (Guest post)

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The solution to my long-term insomnia: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  So…  After years of insomnia and half-hearted attempts at dealing with it, what finally worked for me? CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia). (Which, by the way, is nothing… Continue reading The solution to my long-term insomnia: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

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What to do when you wake up in the middle of the night (Guest post)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  I rarely have trouble falling asleep, except maybe if I’ve stayed up too late and get restless leg syndrome. Normally I fall asleep as soon as my head hits… Continue reading What to do when you wake up in the middle of the night (Guest post)

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Fitbit, my sleep friend (Guest post)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  I got a Fitbit Flex several weeks ago, mostly to track my daily steps, because I was concerned that I was sitting too much during the day. On the… Continue reading Fitbit, my sleep friend (Guest post)

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Sorry, it’s past my bedtime (Guest post)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  So after four blog posts about my insomnia problem, you’re probably as sick of my lack of sleep as I am. The good news is that now I’m going… Continue reading Sorry, it’s past my bedtime (Guest post)