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It’s a brisk spring dawn.  The flowers in my sister’s garden in upstate New York are starting to poke through the winter-weary earth.  Everyone in the house is still asleep.  I sip on chamomile tea with coconut milk and rally my tired brain.

My sister’s symptoms after chemo and radiation are still relentless, requiring frequent attention during the night for horrendous headaches and vomiting.  Seizures are the latest addition and I am hoping they are within the German New Medicine paradigm of healing, meaning the first half of the healing phase is over and we are on our way up.   The process is one of sheer determination and patience now.  She has no tolerance for talking, reading, music or any kind of entertainment.  No one is allowed to cook as the smells drive her crazy.   We are plunged into her suffering with her—and the growth this brings.

I am learning how to pray for real.  Not asking for anything, just expressing gratitude for every blessing, relaxing into faith and allowing a sense of space and light.  This beats lying awake all night worrying a knot into my guts—my initial approach to the situation!  And it helps the energy of the household.   Of course I go in and out of this state, relapsing into fear and then remembering that it really does make things worse.

Childhood issues with my sister are triggered when I visit.  It requires that I process them honestly in order to regain an open heart.  Sometimes it takes me days and I need to call my brother who understands.  Coming out the other end is warm and tender—and doubles the pain of watching her go though this.  I am learning to breathe into it instead of shutting down.  Our whole family is healing another step through this illness.  We’re having this illness together.  We’re lucky to have each other.  Tears…

Tomorrow I fly home.  I don’t want to leave.  I hope I can continue the prayers and stay with my sister over the distance in growing faith and light-heartedness.  More tears…


Thank you for listening.  I feel better for writing.

until next month,

when i hope to have better news–


On a lighter note, at the end of March, I underwent surgery for breast reduction at the Ottawa General with skilled plastic surgeon Dr Jarmuske.  It was a 2 hour operation and after a  bit of recovery, I went home and slept for three days straight, which was heavenly.

For pain I was given narcotics to use every 4 hours.  With homeopathic remedies Arnica and Hypericum I was able to go 8 to 12 hours between doses.  The wonderful thing was that when the pain would start, the remedies helped immediately and by the time they wore off, the medication would kick in.  Within 3 days, I was out of pain and no longer needed pills.

Initially my chest was bound in a large bandage which came off at the first post-op visit four days later.  It was the moment of truth when the nurse took scissors and started cutting.  And another to see the gleam in my surgeon’s eye!  He called in a resident to show him his good work, describing in vivid detail how awful I looked before to the embarrassed young man.  I still chuckle to remember it…glad that I’m 57 and not sensitive about my body like that…

How am I taking the change?  With good humour and a great amount of astonishment.  I really didn’t expect them to look so…well, young.  I joke about having a 16 year old chest, grin.  At the same time, I was interested in being more functional, less so in how I looked.  Seems to me that my body is simply more balanced.  The best part, to my surprise, is that my chronic back pain was gone after two weeks.  Now I have to be careful for another few weeks.  I’ve already overdone it a few times and had scary pain.  The good thing is that I can use naturopathic tools to help heal and prevent swelling and infection.  The best is hot and cold compresses with wash cloths, 30 seconds hot  followed by 1 minute cold, repeated three times.  What a difference it makes, almost immediately soothing any pains.  It only takes 10 minutes and if hurting, I do it four times daily.

I’m VERY grateful to have had this procedure, but I’ll be glad not to have to think about this part of my anatomy and be able to get on with daily life.  I look forward to being able to do more activities longer without aching back and shoulders.  And shopping for a few new clothes is always fun–Sally Ann here I come!



Desire Map WorkshopSaturday June 6, 2015
Carp Ridge Learning Centre

THE DESIRE MAP LEVEL 1 Workshop is a program for clarifying what you truly want in every area of your life, and using that powerful awareness to guide your choices from now on.

You will leave this workshop knowing your “core desired feelings” – a guidance system for your decision-making. A GPS for your soul.

We’ll look at our perceptions around “feelings” and goal setting. We’ll examine how we drive and strive, and see where in our lives we experience freedom — and where we want more of it read more…

To register or for more information, please contact Melanie at

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Vegan, gluten-free

1 cup dry quinoa
2 medium avocados
3 oz. baby spinach
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
3 green onions

{For the dressing}
1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 2)
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
Meanwhile, make the dressing: in a small bowl whisk together ingredients and set aside.
Roughly chop the spinach and place in a large bowl.
Slice the green onions, halve the cherry tomatoes, and dice the avocado.
When quinoa is done cooking, add it to the large bowl with spinach and toss. The heat from the quinoa will lightly wilt the spinach.
Add the green onions, tomatoes, and dressing. Stir to combine.
Add the avocado and lightly toss.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to let flavors blend more.

In this interview Dr. Mercola will share:

  • Why he requires the use of Tapping to be allowed to be seen at his center
  • Why he sees Tapping as the most powerful tool available for both health challenges and for reaching your goals in all areas of life (he’ll go into detail on using it for financial goals)
  • The emotional connection with autoimmune diseases and emotional distress prior to the age of five and why Tapping is so effective in these cases
  • What separates EFT from other talk therapies
  • And much more…

– See more at:

Liquid Gym in Bells Corners is hiring Physiotherapists. Please contact Karen at (613) 820-8228

POSITION: Grandmother’s Helper

Cooking, housekeeping and childcare for a fun-loving, energetic 6-year old boy. Starting as soon as possible.

LOCATION: Corner of Carp Road and Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

WAGES: To be discussed at time of interview, based on experience

DUTIES: Mainly to do: Light housework, Healthy cooking, Play with and clean up with my grandson

HOURS: 10 AM – 5 pm – Monday to Friday, Occasional evening or weekends possible

CRITERIA: Reliable, computer literate, mature and responsible man or woman with the ability to provide your own transportation there and back.

If interested, please contact Katherine at with subject line Grandmother’s Helper.

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