Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Intro to the little "c"

Hellooooooo everybody.

Bad news: I have cancer. Good news: umm...let me work on that one.
Wow. So, This blog is my attempt to try and make a little bit of sense out of what is happening to me through writing it out. It's also a way to keep my friends and family aware of what is happening on a more personal and week to week basis.

For those of you who aren't already aware - here is a very brief low-down:
-In early October I was diagnosed with a form of cancer referred to as Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
-I am in stage 2A of this disease. (More on that in posts to come.)
-I will be starting Chemotherapy treatments next week and should be having treatment bi weekly for the next 4 months.

There it is. Sometimes life goes wonky....whaddayagonnado?

One thing I have realized over the past couple of months is the amount of people who are going through or have gone through some form of cancer. It's unreal. They're coming out of the woodwork. On the one hand - this is extremely unfortunate. On the other hand I feel part of a much larger community of people who have gone through this and come out the other side healthy, more empathetic and generally more appreciative of life. For me right now this is a very good thing.

Although I consider myself a pacifist...
I am ready to kick the living shit out of this disease! (insert Queens "we are the champion's" here).

The battle is on.

Awwww yeah.

Much love,


  1. Whoa, Julia, I had no idea!! I'll definitely think about your and pray it up as you go through the treatments. Thanks for starting a blog! I hope you kick the little c's ass!

    p.s., remember when we went to see Sinead O'Connor a few years ago in Toronto? Fun (and really weird) times!

  2. Julia,
    Someone pointed this blog out to me today via facebook. I'm so sorry to hear this news.
    Know that I, along with your friends at Gateway, will be praying.

  3. Julia,

    My prayers are with you...kick it's ass!



  4. Hi Julia, I am so sorry to hear about your cancer. Stay positive and pray. My husband had bowel cancer and had surgery on Sept. 9/11. He will soon be starting chemo and radiation treatments in Kingston. You are in my prayers, heart and thoughts.
    Don't know if you remember me though:) It's been a very long time.
    Bev Carnochan (nee Cook)

  5. Julia, keep strong. Prayers from Winnipeg.


  6. You continue to be an inspiration even in the worst of times!!
    I'll be there for whatever you need. I will see you soon!! Hang in!
    With love and prayers,

  7. Hi Julia, Christine & Roy sent us the link to your blog. Keep strong and please know that we're holding you gently in our thoughts as we remember the magical moments at Feile Tilting. WE'LL SEE YOU THERE NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! much love, Larry & Lynn

  8. Wow Julia, thanks for sharing...I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. My prayers are with you...kick it's ass, !!!!

    Melissa Aitken