Author Archives: denisemacdonald

About denisemacdonald

I am a Canadian entrepreneur who has been spending the majority of my time between Canada and Panama, Central America. Living oceanfront, I am an 'investment consultant', predominantly in the area of real estate in the beaches areas. Photography is my hobby. In April, 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I will be sharing my journey here on these 'pages'. If you would like to learn more about "Triple Negative" breast cancer, please click onto

Our Angel 

       Denise passed peacefully in her sleep early this morning surrounded by many of her family and close friends after a protracted battle with an aggressive strain of breast cancer resulting in multiple metastases. Please say a prayer … Continue reading

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Bonus Days

I was told this week that these days I have at home are my ‘bonus days’, to which I was somewhat appalled. Is that really what it comes down to now? Bonus days? Perhaps I’m wrong in my thinking, but … Continue reading

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Bustin’ Loose!

After 7 weeks of being admitted into  the hospital for what I thought was a badly pinched sciatica, I was released to go home. Up to this point, I have surpassed all the medical experts’ expectations. I’m walking with a … Continue reading

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The Real Question 

The question that has not left my mind in the past month is this: How could this C have gone undetected for all this time? The day before I received the last of eight rounds of the ‘dose-dense’ chemo,  I … Continue reading

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Defying the Odds

Has it really been a month since this surreal ‘dream’ started?  Tell me again that this is JUST a pinched sciatica nerve and that it WILL go away in just a few short days, like so many people assured me…… … Continue reading

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Finally I’m a Rotarian :-)!

Today was a very exciting day for me, as I became an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado :-), thanks to fellow rotarians in Peterborough, (Ontario, Canada). I’ve been dancing around Rotary for a number of years … Continue reading

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Paying it Forward – Make it Better for the NEXT Person!

During my ‘C journey’, which has essentially been the past year, there has definitely been a journey of varying sized ‘lumps’ (YES, Punn intended, lol) which have been encountered. It is these bumps in life, however, that are there for … Continue reading

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Peace Campaign

Stress Kills. Cancer Kills. No one ever knows what will trigger our bodies to turn against themselves, and when it might happen. Clearly there are a multitude of approaches which could be taken to battle cancer, one of which is: wait … Continue reading

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“It is Time to embrace what is….and let go of what you wanted to happen.”

 Since arriving back in Canada on Sunday, May 17th, 2015, my life has done a complete about- face. After having an array of chest x-rays, full body CT Scans, full body MRIs and Brain MRIs, the conclusion is this: The BIG … Continue reading

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From a Pinched Sciatica in Panama to Peterborough – A Surprise Journey

After having just returned to Peterborough and receiving a ‘clean bill of health’ from my oncologist since starting my C Journey almost one year ago, to scheduling my reconstruction surgery, to returning to Panama – life seemed like I had extended … Continue reading

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