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That time I bared my chest in a national commercial (Guest Post)

“Is this you?” I received a DM from a friend in early September. Attached to the message was a screen shot, from Facebook, of an ad campaign for the CIBC Run for the Cure – an annual breast cancer fundraiser in Canada. “Yes, that’s me,” I replied.  “Wow!” was the response. “That’s so awesome.” Other… Continue reading That time I bared my chest in a national commercial (Guest Post)

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Hanging on to my mental health while quarantining with COVID-19 (Guest Post)

Past contributor Michelle Lynne Goodfellow was diagnosed with COVID-19 in November 2020. To pass the time during her quarantine, she wrote about her COVID experience. (Content warning: Recovery from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) I’ve written and re-written this post so many times over the past several days. When I’m really honest about how much I… Continue reading Hanging on to my mental health while quarantining with COVID-19 (Guest Post)

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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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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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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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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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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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Prioritizing sleep (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.  See that cute photo at the top of this post? That’s one of my two cats, peacefully slumbering. The way he and his brother do…  all the fricking time.… Continue reading Prioritizing sleep (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)

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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)