My Surgery Results [1 week post 2nd phase of Reconstruction]

July 7, 2015

1 week! 1 week before you can get your bandages removed and actually see some results! How did I feel during that week? Itchy! Well, for one, you can’t shower and two, the feeling of your wounds healing is itchy itself, but that’s a good thing. After 1 week, the pain is gone! In fact, I did my TED talk only 3 days after my surgery and covered my first event for What’s Up Montreal the day after that! So yes, you definitely heal faster ...

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10 things I learned since I’m 1 year Cancer Free. [Nalie’s Cancerversary]

July 2, 2015

1 year ago today, for the first time, I screamed: “ I AM CANCER FREE”. After one long year of aggressive treatments, I held up a bright pink sign indicating: Chemotherapy: Check! Mastectomy: Check! Radiation: Check! Live my Dreams: Empty checkbox… You can watch my throwback video above that summarizes it all. Today, I’m ready to check my last box. From travelling to my dream destinations, Indonesia and Thailand, to doing a ...

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The ONE question to ask when losing a loved one [Dedicated to Chai]

May 21, 2015

“Hard is not relative. Hard is hard” - Ash Beckham. Sadness and grief cannot be measured. There are no circumstances that are worse than others. Whatever it is that keeps you up at night, that keeps you in bed in the morning, that makes you burst into tears in the day. That’s your hard. And it can be anything. It doesn’t matter what it is. What connects us all is what makes us human. We feel. And whatever it is that hurts us, will ...

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What to expect for your 2nd phase of Reconstruction

May 19, 2015

14 months of living with a rock hard tissue expander in my chest! 14 months of having one breast bigger than the other, 14 months of not sleeping on my stomach, 14 months of not wearing bras… (well actually, that wasn’t so bad...) I couldn’t be happier to say that my 2nd phase of reconstruction is now complete! What does that mean? Goodbye tissue expander, Hello implants! Here’s a quick recap! In February 2014, I had a full ...

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How to self examine your breasts #FeelitontheFirst

March 31, 2015

Do you remember how I was diagnosed with breast cancer? I was 23 years old and found lumps in my left breast but I didn’t do anything about it. I assumed it was nothing! In fact, when my family doctor examined me, she told me not to worry, “It’s probably just a cyst!” She signed a referral paper to get checked just in case. I called the 3 numbers indicated one by one. “Hi, I’d like to book a mammogram!” “Date of birth ...

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5 Tricks to Beat the Cancer Blues

March 16, 2015

Hey there! Is it just me or the past month was a tough one? February was freaking cold, March is a tease and my mind’s playing games with me. It would be too easy to blame it on the weather though… When I had just finished my treatments, I wrote a little something about the Post-Cancer Blues. I explain how, many of us expect for life to just go back to normal once we’re “cancer free”. Our family and friends expect us to be the ...

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Tigers, Elephants & Fish Spas. [Chiang Mai & My Travel Conclusion]

March 5, 2015

Dear Diary, “Do something different” was the motto right? Step out of your comfort zone! Try something new! Well, let’s just say I checked off all of those boxes in Chiang Mai! From spooning giant tigers, hiking up high mountains, scootering down steep hills, swimming with baby elephants to dipping my feet into a pool of hundreds of flesh eating fish (You don’t understand, I absolutely hate feet and anything that touches my feet. I ...

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Baby’s In Bangkok! [Thailand Temple Hop]

February 23, 2015

Dear Diary, I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. I am departing my father from Indonesia to meet another special man in my life in Thailand. My boyfriend, VEE! It’s crazy because Vee and I have been talking about Thailand since we were just coworkers and friends. Often, we’d spend our days at work asking each other a 101 questions to get to know one another. One day I asked, “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would ...

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Peace, Love & Harmony [Ubud, Bali]

February 16, 2015

Dear Diary, Out of all the places I’ve been to, Ubud stood out the most to me. It just felt so… different! I’ve never seen anything like it! Like I was now in a completely different world. I think that’s what I loved the most about Ubud, it’s sense of authenticity, spirituality and tradition, not too overtaken by tourism but just enough to add some extra fun. With its beautiful rice terraces, organic farms and abundance of ...

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Lost and Found… [Surfing in Kuta, Bali]

February 9, 2015

Dear Diary, “Do something different! Step out of your comfort zone!” Those were my main mottos for this trip. So of course being in Kuta, Bali… I had to surf! I’ve never surfed before… which is quite strange since I lived in Australia for 3 years back in 2000. How did I not even try? Well I guess that just proves how I’ve become a little more daring since then. As soon as we stepped foot on the sand of Kuta Beach, a young ...

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