After over a year’s absence I am ecstatic to say… “I’m back!” 2013 was the toughest thing I have ever endured and hope never to repeat. A routine mammogram in Oct 2012 uncovered breast cancer – specifically grade II invasive lobular carcinoma, a rather nasty beast that required surgery, 6 months chemo, 4 weeks radiation and now daily Tamoxifen. Not surprisingly, there are a thousand things that are hard to fathom when you are told you have cancer requiring long and brutal treatment. One of the hardest things for me was stepping away from my business for a year – a challenge made entirely possible due to the brilliance of my associate trainers Meghan O’Connell, Joanna Quarry and Marla Brillinger. Thank you gals, you are so fabulous. The Bowen Island community revealed epic generosity: 6 months of meal deliveries by 21+ women organized by Angie Bosworth. Remarkable. Regular visits to Spa angel Leah Darling and the stellar wellness trio of Mary McDonagh, Sandy Logan and Catherine Shaw all eased the nightmare. Bud Massender and crew at Cates Pharmacy helped make the pharmaceutical adventure easier to navigate. My beautiful, shiny, new website is by Leanne Romak and Digitally Hip. I love it – thank you!
After a few false starts, I am finally beginning to feel like the energetic, optimistic Mary I used to know. After months in the cancer treatment trenches you begin to lose hope. Well my hope is back – along with my hair. I am so looking forward to beginning work again (next week!) running in the woods and regular yoga. Hurray for this wonderful life!