Andrea Paine
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Andrea Paine lives in the Montreal area and works as a senior executive in Ottawa. She is the mother of three girls.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she had a double mastectomy and reconstruction followed by eight rounds of chemotherapy.

An avid runner, doctors credited her good physical fitness for making it through the rigours of a 10 ½ hour operation, followed by the trials and tribulations of chemotherapy.

She started running the year before her diagnosis, and ran her first half marathon in Montreal six months later. She laced up her running shoes six weeks after surgery, and slowly started her running routine again.

One of the opportunities she was given through her diagnosis with cancer was to provide a positive example to her daughters. She continued working and ran as often as she could through chemotherapy. She changed as little in her regular routine as possible.

Andrea has always expressed herself through the written word, and hopes to continue to inspire; whether it’s to encourage others to lace up those running shoes or to face any other adversity, such as disease, through positive thinking.

She has also recently contributed towards a book featuring the inspirational stories of cancer survivors that will be published over the next few months in the U.K.

Running has continued to inspire Andrea, and has also become a means of contributing towards causes that raise money for cancer research, as well as funds to help patients pay for costly medication and to supplement their income. She is also available to give inspirational talks to cancer patients and survivors.

Entries by Andrea Paine

A Tribute to Jim Flaherty and All Who Have Come Before and Will Come After Him

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:46 PM

As I was writing a decision this afternoon, I thought of the funeral that was about to happen for a person I was fortunate enough to see on a regular basis over a number of years. Not fortunate to have known terribly well, but grateful to have on the same...

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The Key To Surviving Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:55 AM

I have been writing about cancer surviorship and running for over four years now, and sometimes I find it hard to believe. When I first started writing the ideas just flowed from me. I was still a "fresh" cancer survivor, with the experience still etched in my mind. This year,...

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Making Strides On World Cancer Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:51 AM

February 4 was world cancer day. A day that means different things to different people. For some it's an opportunity to highlight what their healthcare organizations do to benefit cancer patients. For others it highlights fundraising or research successes.

But for the average cancer patient or survivor, it brings up...

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2013 Was a Year of Endings and New Beginnings

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:49 PM

We said goodbye to 2013 a couple of days ago. For me, it was a bittersweet good-bye; sad because I have always been emotional with them, and happy because 2013 was a year of endings and new beginnings. And that type of year is filled with sadness, hardship, effort and...

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How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Today is Cancer Survivor's Day. It's a day that will be meaningful to most survivors and their loved ones, in many different ways. To those who have just started their journey, it is a day of hope; that one day they may look back at the tremendous effort they made,...

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Angelina Jolie May Be a Star, But I Know How She Feels

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 5:28 PM

When Angelina Jolie's opinion piece came out in the New York Times, revealing that she had a double mastectomy followed by reconstruction, as a result of testing positive for the BRCA1 gene, there was a lot of discussion and chatter by various media outlets and by social media.

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Happy Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:13 PM

It has been six years since my life took a drastic change with my diagnosis of breast cancer. Back then I was a forty five year old that had finally started taking her health more seriously....I had started running, and was training for a half marathon. But I was also...

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Change Is Your Decision

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 7:49 AM

Recently, a good friend of mine wrote me, wanting to introduce me to an esteemed colleague, and friend, who has cancer. She wanted me to meet him, and felt I would have a lot to share with him. She spoke to him about me as well. She shared this blog,...

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Welcome Back to the Road

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 5:03 PM

This week I did something that I hadn't done in longer than I'd like to admit. I went for a run. Now one would ask why I haven't gone out for a run in awhile; especially since I've been writing a blog on cancer survivorship and running over the past...

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My Breast Cancer Surival Story: Teaching By Example

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Back in the day, when I was in ninth grade at Malcolm Campbell High School in Montreal, I played the flute in the high school senior band. Miss Gold, our band leader/teacher and a very involved and active conductor, was always looking for opportunities for our band to flourish and...

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Life is My Beach

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:59 PM

The beach has always held a special place in my heart. When I walk on the sand and listen to the waves hit the shore, there's a veil of peace that covers me. It brings me joy and happiness...like I'm walking on clouds. I'm sure it's probably like that for...

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How Running Helped Me Through Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:23 AM

The other day I was going through a box of accumulated stuff in my house. In one of the boxes I found a pile of Runner's World calendars. I use them to record my runs and my usual form of cross training; biking. I would also write down the times...

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The Hardest Part of Cancer Was Getting out the Door

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:02 PM

On February 7 we celebrated World Cancer Day. The declaration and theme of this year's important day is to dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, and uses the tagline "Cancer -- Did you know?" This day gives anyone who has been touched by cancer a chance to...

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Cancer Has Made Me Fearless

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 3:57 PM

With 2013 off to a trying start I was sure in need of some fun, enjoyment and good news. It came on Friday last week, when I went to a scheduled appointment at the genetics department at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). I had been undergoing genetic testing...

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Dancing With Death

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 6:59 AM

With 2013 still in its infant stage, I feel like an eternity has passed. On January 3 I received two pieces of unexpected, but bad news. Part of it I can speak about, the other part I cannot. But before there are any concerns raised, I can tell you the...

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How Cancer Has Shaped My New Year's Resolution

(4) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Happy New Year 2013! I know this will be a great year. I can feel it in my heart.

While the passage of time, the turning of the page and the ringing in of the New Year brings many an optimist and philosopher to take pen to paper and list...

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How I Gave Up Stress for Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:27 AM

Christmas comes upon us so quickly. There's so much to do, and it doesn't matter how many hours of work and effort go into the preparartion, the actual celebration goes by in the snap of a finger. The weeks prior to Chrismas day are busy and frought with anticipation. We...

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Why I Consider My Cancer to Be a Gift

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Last night while on my computer I stumbled upon a twitter discussion regarding a blog post written by a breast cancer survivour. The topic was regarding cancer seen as a gift. The writer was of the opinion that cancer was not a gift, and that she'd much rather kick it...

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What Having Cancer Taught Me About Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 7:50 AM

This is the time of year when life starts to slow down. Yes, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, and getting ready for the holidays could be an Olympic sport in itself, but our mind has focused in; to family to being grateful, to peace and to love "'tis...

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Inside the Mind of a Cancer Survivor

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:17 AM

When you are a cancer survivor, you are forever embracing uncertainty and, at times, strong emotions. This is quite normal, although, when alone with yourself, you may be doubting them. In fact, the longer you are a survivor, the more you may question these troubling thoughts. Your rational mind says...

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