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/.

Think Dirty and Get Clean!

This post is more about information than anything, but is also about my journey to better health. Funny, as I thought I was very healthy before my cancer diagnosis – but clearly there is always room for improvement! Most of … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

Well I did it. I shaved my head. I now officially look like I have C – or like Sinead O’Connor – whichever way you want to look at it. My hair was falling out in handfuls each day to … Continue reading

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No More City Hair

As a girlfriend quite succinctly described it, “…when you are going through chemo therapy and you wake up one day with your hair feeling like it has been in an elastic too long, you know that is the sign your hair … Continue reading

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Hair Angels

Shopping for new hair is an interesting experience. Wig shopping is not something I ever thought I’d be doing. It is almost liberating in a way though, as it allows you to try on styles that you never thought would suit … Continue reading

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Dancing with the Red Devil

The chemo tsunami hit. The Red Devil kicked my butt! Every day for the first six days after receiving the Red Devil (Adriamycin chemo) and his cohort Procytox into my blood stream I woke up extremely nauseous and fatigued. Some of … Continue reading

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Morning Look?

  It is currently the fourth day since my first chemo treatment. When I saw this photo that my friend Kevin sent, I laughed – and laughing is always a good thing! It reminded me of how I feel when I look … Continue reading

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The Devil is in the Details

Baby steps is not a term used in Cancer College – in any way! Each step feels like a giant, big-girl step, as I progress from one hurdle and onward to the next. This week I made a few big-girl … Continue reading

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Preparing for Chemo

How exactly does a person prepare for chemotherapy? My stomach has been in knots on and off, in apprehension of starting chemotherapy later this week (Friday morning to be precise). It seems that every time someone asks when it is starting, … Continue reading

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Cancer College

It has just been approximately a month and a half since my unexpected enrolment in C (Cancer) College  or CC for short. What an uphill learning curve! In month one of this new college experience, I have learned the difference … Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo?

My double mastectomy surgery appears to have been ‘a success’ and as many of you know, I was sent on my merry way home just a few short hours after the surgery, drugs in hand for pain. (They don’t tell you … Continue reading

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