• Attitude,  My Story,  Spirit

    A New Direction for 2021

    I think that I have had an epiphany. I think that I have just finally found a “job/life description” that fits where my heart tells me that I want to go. Let me explain… I have been a Registered Dietitian for 35 years. In that time, I have done homecare, inpatient hospital care, outpatient care, private practice, long term care, back to private practice and now as an author and speaker. In all those roles, I have tended to lean towards caring for the concerns of adults, particularly “mature” adults. Even as a green young RD, driving around Waterloo region and going into people’s homes, my most memorable clients were…

  • My Story

    2020 -the good, the bad and the very bad.

    What a year this has been! Most people are giving it the bum’s rush – out you go and good riddance! But for me, it’s actually been a very mixed year with some awesome highs and some real challenges. When 2020 started, I wrote the word KICKASS! on the front page of my planner (yes, I’m old school – paper planner) and was fully expecting to have the best year of my life. The book was over half written. Cancer treatment was firmly in the rearview mirror and my hair was even starting to straighten back out from its crazy post-chemo curliness. I had been accepted to deliver a poster…

  • My Story,  Research

    Ovarian Cancer Symptoms – the cancer that whispers…

    It would be easier if there was something obvious – like a palpable lump or a mark on the skin, a wound that won’t heal or a persistent pinpoint pain spot. But with ovarian cancer, there’s usually not. It has been called “the cancer that whispers” for exactly that reason. You have an inkling that something’s just not quite right. The occasional twinge or passing pain. The seemingly sudden tightness of your waistband that you attribute to overeating or monthly bloat. The feeling of fullness half way through your normal amount of food. Needing to pee more often or possibly constipation. Or maybe just feeling pooped when you shouldn’t be…

  • My Story

    Anniversary Week – what a year it’s been!

    It’s the last week of April and I am now officially one year past ringing the bell at the Cancer Centre, celebrating the end of my chemotherapy infusions. As I sit in my comfortable house during this unusual lockdown period, I think back to where I was one year ago. As I grumble about my overly fluffy hair, desperately missing my hairdresser, I think back to having no hair this time last year, plus no eyebrows or eyelashes or body hair. This time last year, I was working a bit, but had few other activities or responsibilities, having given them all away in order to make time and energy for…

  • Attitude,  My Story

    Low Carb Denver – an amazing conference at the wrong time in history…

    “May you live in interesting times.” Austin Chamberlain, UK I was an hour away from walking out the door to go to Low Carb Denver. One hour… My bags were packed and sitting on a chair in the living room. My precious presentation poster was in a long mailing tube, my 500 postcards for the visitor swag bags were adding almost 8 lbs to my shoulder bag. My passport and US money were in my travel purse. But all morning, I had been watching the news feeds with a knot in my stomach. The coronavirus was advancing across the world and the situation was changing hourly, both at home in…