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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What Now? Tamoxifen, Mammograms and Awkward Moments

August 21, 2014

Tamoxifen Being cancer free doesn’t mean your life gets to magically come back to normal! It doesn’t even mean you are free from from hospital robes and appointments. It basically means you are now in control. And by being in control, you must do whatever it takes to prevent recurrence. That’s why I agreed to take Tamoxifen aka Hormonal therapy. My cancer was proven to be hormonal. Estrogen and Progesterone positive. What tamoxifen ...

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My Hair Evolution Post-Chemotherapy

August 4, 2014

It took me a while to want to go back and edit this video… because watching the old footage of my bald head and pale face made me feel sick again. I can’t believe that was ME! I swear I  looked at myself in the mirror a dozen times a day, took tons of videos and selfies during my entire diagnosis. But only now, in retrospect… do I realize the damage my treatments had done. It’s like looking at a different person! Never did I see that ...

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I AM CANCER FREE

July 2, 2014

Wednesday July 2nd 2014. I woke up in the morning to the buzzing of my phone. Text messages and notifications filled my screen.  My friends were all wishing me a happy last cancer treatment day! I rubbed my eyes as it took me a good second to realize… this is it! This is THE day I have been counting down from the start.  Today is my finish line! The same feeling I felt when the doctor told me it was breast cancer, I felt it again ...

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Radiation Round 26-28: Electron Booster Rounds

June 30, 2014

June 26 to June 30 I can’t be happier to say that I no longer have to hold my breath anymore! The complicated and exhausting breath-hold technique is no longer needed for my last 4 rounds. We are now switching to the second part of my plan called electron radiation also known as booster rounds. I don't have to hold my breath anymore because this type of treatment focuses on the small area around my scar where my tumors were removed. It ...

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Radiation Round 21-25: Let the Burns Begin

June 25, 2014

June 18 to June 25,  Radiation is easy they said… you won’t feel a thing they said… Lies! In my round 20s, the pain has officially begun. Im not trying to scare anyone who has to do radiation… I just rather you know all the  possibilities and be prepared for the worst, to then realize that it’s not so bad after all! Because for me, it was the opposite! I was told that it was easy and that  I wouldn’t feel a thing. But again, ...

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Radiation Round 16-20: Good Haircut, Bad Tan

June 17, 2014

June 10 to June 17, I could think of a million things I would love to do in the middle of June’s hot sunny weather. Going to the hospital every day is NOT one of them. My morale gets a little low when I see my newsfeed filled with my friend’s pool party pictures. But I have to keep reminding myself that what I miss out on now, will give me the rest of my life to do whatever the hell I want later. As per usual, radiation times are ...

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“A weird age to have Breast Cancer” My speech at the ’10 Reasons to Give’ Fundraiser

June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10th 2014. The sweetest email was sent to me by Sylvie Gregoire, a 2-time breast cancer survivor who was also treated at the Jewish General Hospital. Every year she participates in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and throws a fundraiser! As this was her 10th annual event, she invited 10 people touched by cancer to speak about their experiences at her cocktail conference!  After reading an article about me in Hope and ...

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