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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Post-Cancer Blues

September 17, 2014

Dear Diary, You would think that as of the day I was crowned survivor and proclaimed the words “I am Cancer Free” that life would magically go back to normal. I envisioned that big red button, you know the one that you see on American Ninja Warrior, where you complete a heart-racing obstacle course and smack the button once you reach the finish line? The crowd goes crazy, fireworks practically go off and you feel like you’re on top of ...

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$100 = 1km Challenge

September 5, 2014

30 DAYS UNTIL RUN DAY! I can't believe it... I seriously feel like last year's Run for the Cure was like... yesterday! And when I look back at that day, I can't believe I ran 5K in 34 minutes undergoing A/C chemotherapy! Like seriously... Who does that? Since I'm running as a first time SURVIVOR, my goal is to make it under 30 minutes! It might not seem like a lot to many, but keep in mind what my body has been through in the past year! I ...

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Team Nalie 2014. We’re Back, I’m better but we can’t stop now

August 26, 2014

I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since last year’s Run for the Cure. When I was completely bald from 3 rounds of A/C chemotherapy awaiting my 4th the following morning of the run. So many memories come to mind when I think of run day. I remember the excitement, the cheers, the laughter… the tears! But nothing beats the feeling I had once I crossed that 5K finish line. Being lifted up on my friends shoulders, hands up high in ...

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