Cancer Survivor

The Key To Surviving Cancer

Andrea Paine | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada
Andrea Paine

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 writin...

2013 Was a Year of Endings and New Beginnings

Andrea Paine | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

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 joy.

Surviving Cancer Made Me Realize I Like Fewer People

Annie Horcasitas | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Living
Annie Horcasitas

My whole life, I have always cast a wide net when meeting new people. And the mesh was tight. All were scooped up, all were brought in close, barely any escaped through the tiny holes. I have been told I am friendly -- typically meant as a compliment -- but cancer taught me that even good things require moderation.

How I Cope as a Cancer 'Survivor'

Mario Di Simine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Mario Di Simine

Early one bright sunny morning a year and a half ago, my wife died of cancer. For hours I held her pills in my hand, convincing myself that I had no reason to live. I've never had cancer but I'm a cancer survivor, nonetheless -- and there's good reason for that.

How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back

Andrea Paine | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Andrea Paine

Today is Cancer Survivor's Day. Not all cancer survivors will agree, but cancer gave me my life back. It was the wakeup call I didn't listen to when it was only a whisper. It encouraged me to look at my own life, and what was working and what wasn't.

Welcome Back to the Road

Andrea Paine | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada
Andrea Paine

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...

Life is My Beach

Andrea Paine | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

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. When you find that special place, you know it.

The Problem with "Fighting" Cancer

Atif Kukaswadia | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada Living
Atif Kukaswadia

Often, the media (and by extension, society) describe someone with cancer as a "warrior" who "battles" cancer. When we take the metaphor further, we describe it as "conquering cancer" when cancer goes into remission, or describe someone as a "survivor" of cancer. But what's the other side of that conversation? Someone who "loses" their "fight" against cancer? Someone who has "fallen"? And to take it to the extreme, would they have "made it" if they "fought harder"? There's a negative side to that language that is coming out, as those diagnosed with cancer speak up.

I'm a Cancer Veteran, Not a Survivor

Phil Froats | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Living
Phil Froats

I never was comfortable with being called a cancer survivor. To me it gives too much power to cancer and not enough to the person. I like the term cancer veteran. Veteran is a much more active and participatory term than survivor.

How Cancer Has Shaped My New Year's Resolution

Andrea Paine | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I got brave and decided that I was not going to make any more resolutions. I made a promise to myself: to win my battle, succeed in my journey, and be around for another year. At year end I also gave thanks and felt the gratitude in my heart that I was around and thriving. This has worked out well for me. Until now.

Bif Naked On Beating Cancer, Getting Divorced And Staying Strong

Huffington Post Music Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Bif Naked has made a career out of being a badass chick. Initially, it was by way of the late-'90s CanRock boys club, prowling Edgefest stages, infilt...

What Having Cancer Taught Me About Christmas

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

My newfound wisdom as a cancer survivor has shed the light on a little secret: we don't have to do all that work. I'm sure my family would have been just as happy to stay home, be less busy, and receive fewer presents. I am also certain that all they really wanted was for me to be there -- alive -- with them.

Inside the Mind of a Cancer Survivor

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

Since I have had my double mastectomy, there have also been a number of community-based organizations that have opened and that cater to cancer patients, survivors and their families. When you are a cancer survivor, you are forever embracing uncertainty and, at times, strong emotions. Your rational mind says you should be over thinking in that way by now.

Life as I Know it, After Cancer

Andrea Paine | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

I have been a cancer survivor for a little over five years. Throughout my journey, I have remained positive, sometimes scared, and at times frustrated. The base of it all, though, is my belief that I will thrive and live a healthy, full life. No matter how many rounds of chemo or radiation you have to endure, or follow-up surgeries you have to undergo, take heart.

I Was Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer, Now What?

Dan Hennessey | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Living
Dan Hennessey

I received a call in early January 2006 telling me that I had prostate cancer and suggesting a treatment -- surgery. As a 49-year-old healthy and, yes, hockey playing Canadian, cancer was the last thing on my mind Well they say things happen for a reason but I was having trouble figuring out just what that meant.

My Life After Cancer

Andrea Paine | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

Once diagnosed with cancer, a patient's life will never be the same. Once the turmoil of the diagnosis, and the subsequent treatment, whether it's surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, is over life as we know it now commences. There are ups and there are downs. Luckily for me, the ups far surpassed the downs.

Staring Fear in the Face at Your Child's Graduation

Andrea Paine | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada
Andrea Paine

Looking back at this old life of mine, I realize how many of these fears, both big and small, were unfounded. But life as it is now, is seen through a cancer survivor's lens. Although I will be first to admit that there is the odd time when I have to stare fear in the eye, and fight to back it down, I fear much less today. Cancer has taught me a few things, and I don't scare easy.

The Business of Happiness: A Convocation Address

Lisa Kramer | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Business
Lisa Kramer

Last week I was convocation speaker at the University of Toronto graduation ceremony where business students from the Mississauga campus received their BBA and BComm degrees. These are the remarks I made to the Class of 2012, on the topics of happiness, generosity and the value of kindness.

I've Been Cancer-Free for (Almost) Five Years

Andrea Paine | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

On August 3, 2012, I will celebrate being five years cancer-free. There are days where fear takes over, and it seems to be taking forever to make it to this milestone. Thankfully though, there's a good side to this story. It's the promise of a warm sunny day, and the peace of a lazy afternoon listening to the pitter patter of rain. It is the promise of a new day, and the feeling of gratitude for the one that just passed. It's about life.

Celebrating Four Years

Andrea Paine | Posted 12.29.2011 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

It's vacation time! For two wonderful weeks I will try to switch off and not to think too much of my job. It's a time to connect on a deeper calmer an...

A Sense of Humour

Andrea Paine | Posted 09.06.2011 | Canada
Andrea Paine

Although cancer is not usually something that would predispose a person to rediscover their sense of humour, it ignited the spark that sent me on that path.