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 http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/.

Mud Puddle Brain

It is an interesting combination when you take ‘chemo brain’ and add ‘mental pause’. To me, this results in ‘mud puddle brain‘. This would adequately describe my brain over the past couple of months. When I first returned to Panama … Continue reading

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I’m Baaaaack :-)!

It is now January 16th and the past month seems like it has been a blur. Between my birthday celebration, preparing for Christmas, children visiting, Christmas itself and then heading back it Panama, it has been a bit of a … Continue reading

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Popcorn Hormones

I realize that it has been over a month since my last post, so figured I had better update everyone on my progress :-). Ten and a half weeks post chemo and I now have a layer of hair :-). … Continue reading

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Life After Chemo….

Getting back to ‘life’ in general after chemo does present some challenges. It’s funny, because one might think that after you’ve received your last dose of poison that it is all about getting back to ‘normal’. However, it isn’t quite … Continue reading

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The Calm After the Storm

Here I am, just past one month after my last round of chemo. “How are you doing?” you ask? GREAT – I’m alive! The cancer has been removed and the rest of my body has been duly poisoned in order … Continue reading

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Who Knew…?

This past Friday marked my last chemo treatment: 8 out of 8 completed – YAY! It almost seems surreal! The next best news is that they have sent in the request to have my Port-a-cath removed, so I will soon … Continue reading

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Chemo Round 6 – Down!

Round 6 of chemo – check. As I sit here with aches and shooting pains running through my body, I’m yearning to go for a long power walk to enjoy this beautiful summer day that is upon us. Only a … Continue reading

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Poster Girl?

I had my pre-treatment appointment with my oncologist this past Thursday, who happily informed me that my blood work levels were all awesome this time – she was so impressed :-).  She also went on to say how amazing I … Continue reading

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Halfway There!

Well, I’m halfway through the chemo part of my treatment. Yahoo! This last round of chemo did not seem to be as bad as the one before, so all of your positive thoughts, energy and love that you all have … Continue reading

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The Not So Merry-Go-Round

Feeling the chemo pumping through one’s system is a strange feeling indeed. Sometimes it is more noticeable than others, but this time (Friday, July 11th) it was sure noticeable. First went the Red Devil, which is administered by hand, out of … Continue reading

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