Six weeks ago, when I thought about the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, it had not even occurred to me that my husband wouldn't be waiting for us at the finish line. He was fighting so hard to conquer his very aggressive lymphoma and by all accounts it seemed he was at least in partial remission.
We found out my husband, Mark, has two, six-centimetre tumours in his lower spine. This was a shock! My husband had an MRI in December 2014 that showed nothing in his lower spine. I am participating in the inaugural Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on Team Cancer Crusaders.
Though cancer made me see my mom in her worst physical state, I will always remember her as a strong businesswoman and a dedicated banker. She was a woman who paved the way for many in my family who wanted to pursue traditionally male careers, encouraging them to chase their dreams and show the world that women are powerful, too.
Welcome to 2015 -- it's a new year! We all want the year ahead to be the best yet, but that's hard to do if you're feeling under the weather. One of the biggest health culprits during the new year is the flu. With all of the talk about flu shots in the fall, most people don't realize that there is a spike in flu activity in January and flu season goes all the way to April.