Digging up my Roots [Manila, Philippines]

January 26, 2015

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 Dear Diary, With this “new life” of mine, I travel not just to discover the world, but with the hopes to discover myself, my passion… my purpose! But you’ll never really know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re from! That’s why visiting Manila, Philippines, where my parents are from, was extremely important to me being in South East Asia. It was time to dig up my roots! When in the ...

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Rising & Recovering [Tacloban, Philippines]

January 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 11th 2014. Dear Diary, When I pictured my trip to South East Asia, I was excited for the crystal clear water, exceptional wildlife, delicious savoury food and grand temples that you can’t find anywhere else. That was definitely on my bucket list, but before visiting the “beautiful areas”, I wanted to return to my roots, my parents’ homeland: The Philippines. My dad was already there for work, so the plan was to ...

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Nalie’s New Journey [The Departure]

January 12, 2015

Dear Diary, I am now 26 years old, cancer free and I am more than ready to be thrown into the real world. But the biggest question I ask myself today is: What is the real world? and How do I want to spend this new and precious life of mine. If really wanted to make a quick buck, I know I could easily find work. I know this, because I feel like I’m in a point in my life where I’m pretty sure I can do anything I want to do… hey… just ...

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The Diary of a 26 year-old [Dear Cancer]

November 7, 2014

Dear Diary, Where has time gone? Having had breast cancer from the age of 24 to 25 feels like another lifetime ago. Now I am 26, and thanks to recording my journey for over a year now, it’s incredible to look back at everything I’ve been through in ONE year. Just comparing my pictures from my Pink Party Birthday fundraiser… I look like a completely different person. Well I guess being bald makes all the difference, but wow... I'm ...

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But Can I Have Babies? [Fertility Results]

November 4, 2014

Dear Diary, On September 4th, I was scheduled for a fertility check up. The last time I was here at the Royal Victoria Hospital was during my chemo days. Because before starting chemotherapy, I opted to freeze my eggs just in case! I was also taking Lupron injections once a month during chemo to protect my fertility. My doctor then told me to schedule an appointment 9 months after I’m done with chemotherapy to see whether or not I’m still ...

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Scanxiety & Ultra Paranoia

October 26, 2014

Dear Diary, I was aware that for the next 5 years, I will still be followed closely at least once every 6 months. Yes, it is reassuring, but also, so very frustrating and nerve-wrecking! At my last check up with my radiation oncologist, Dr. Muanza asked me, “Do you experience shortness of breath”. Without hesitation I answered “No.” Just because I’m so used to answering no to all those questions you’re asked at the doctor’s ...

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My Speech at the 2014 CIBC Run for the Cure.

October 16, 2014

Sunday, October 5th 2014. Counting down the days to a moment you’ve been looking forward to and working so hard for is what makes life extra exciting! That’s why I love setting short term goals, and the CIBC Run for the Cure will forever be one of them. This year, the Quebec Breast Cancer foundation made me the Montreal’s Ambassador for the CIBC Run for the Cure. What does that entail? A lot of media interviews and a 3 minute speech, ...

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Inspirational Speaker for the White Cashmere Collection

October 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Upon arrival at the Carlu in downtown Toronto, I spot the beautiful printed program for the White Cashmere Collection fashion show. Inside the menu-like format, was written Inspirational Speaker, then right beneath, my name! Wow! What a fulfilling title! It’s amazing how the worst things in life can lead to the very best opportunities. Flight, hotel, expenses & a little honorarium were granted to me by ...

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Introducing Team Nalie 2014

October 2, 2014

3 days until run day and here is my 3rd challenge: Encourage my friends & family to exercise & train for the run! That's probably my favorite thing about the CIBC Run for the Cure, how it influences my loved ones to get active, set goals and live a healthy lifestyle. I think that's the best way to prevent breast cancer or any other disease! So I asked Team Nalie, made up of 85 runners that I love dearly, to send me videos to ...

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The “I Beat Cancer” Cup Song Challenge

September 25, 2014

I wanted to challenge myself to do something I wouldn't normally do. That I thought was too hard, that would take time to learn and practice... And that I would normally be too scared to even try! That's how the Cup Song came to mind when trying to come up with a second challenge to raise money for the CIBC Run for the Cure. I remember seeing Anna Kendrick's do it and being like "Woaah! That's sooo cool! I want to do that". And I remember my ...

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