Saturday, 12 August 2017

I'm on a bit of a hiatus.

I spent the last week in Yarmouth at the cabin and this weekend I'm off to the wilderness of Norther NB to hike. So I'm going to say I'm on vacation because I haven't had any time on the computer to write. I'm still very excited about my book contract! Hope everyone is having a great August!

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Back in December I mentioned that I had submitted the manuscript I had been working on about my transplant story to a publisher. I thought it would be fun to try going through official channels of publishing instead of doing it myself this time. After being asked for the full manuscript a few months later (one of the more exciting emails in my life) and then asked to revise and resubmit, I got the following email:
And I signed the contract with Nimbus on Wednesday!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

I'm stoked. I feel like a real writer!

The publishing date is going to be sometime in Spring 2019 which feels very far away but the publishing industry does not move very quickly. They also want to give a lot of time for editing and revising. It's going to be very different and a much longer process than my self-published experience.
But it's also more exciting to be working with a real publisher. So many more things to think about. I need to get headshots done! Eek!

Look for me on your bookshelves in 2019!!

Sunday, 30 July 2017


I went for lung function test last week and....I got a 80%!! My highest yet! I was pretty excited afterward. Of course it was one time and I didn't repeat it but who cares, I got there once. How is this possible that it keeps going up? Not that I'm complaining but I am pleasantly confused.

I was told my numbers would be stable after the first year but I guess with the cancer out of my system, my body is still healing itself. Sometimes I forget that the healing process can be so long. Plus all the hiking and jogging is probably helping to strengthen my lungs. 

The other news is that the team in Toronto would like to see me for my 3 year assessment in November. This was up for debate because the NS government has decided that it no longer wants to fund stable post-transplant people going to Toronto for their yearly assessment. However, it has been decided that although I'm "doing well," the team would still like to see me this year. Fair enough. No complaints from me as long as they keep their promise that I will not need a bronch!

Sunday, 23 July 2017


I got a haircut this week! My first post-cancer haircut. I sat in the little chair and the hairdresser asked the standard "so how long as it been since your last cut?" Then I had to go into the whole "it's growing back since it all fell out during chemo, so my last cut was technically when the barber shaved it off in Dec 2015." I feel like it's always such a long spiel every time it comes up but I have it down now.

The hairdresser just shaped it a bit to make the curls a bit more organized. It feels much lighter.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cape Breton

We had a wonderful time in Cape Breton! We did a ton of hikes (some in the rain, some in the sun), swam at the beach, and I even got a bit of a sunburn. I was not prepared for the sun. For some reason in my head, Cape Breton is always 16 degrees and rainy. So I packed 4 pairs of pants and they never left the car. I guess it's better to have them as an option than to have them sitting at home and being cold.

We did not see any moose or whales which was a bit disappointing. Not that I have much experience with the Cape Breton Highlands but the one other time I was there, we saw whales twice from shore and there seemed to be moose wandering all over the park. This time they avoided us. The muffler on our poor car gave out halfway there so perhaps we scared them all away while powering up the hills.

We kept hearing about moose sightings from other hikers like "someone told me there was a moose up there to the left" and "a bull moose just chased us down the trail (I think those people may have been exaggerating slightly)" but they were all gone by the time we arrived. Just as well we never saw one while driving. I would rather them stay in the woods than be in front of my car. Plus it gives us something to look forward to the next time we go!

It was such a nice mini vacation. Now we need to get the muffler fixed.

Classic Cape Breton from the Skyline trail.
Sunset from the Acadien trail.
Isaiah checking out the rocks at Mica Hill
I enjoyed the view more but the sparkling ground was really unique. 
Top of Franey Mtn.
Swimming at the little waterfall after the hike.
Beautiful sunset at the campground.
Staring off the cliff at Middle Head looking at birds.
Campsite. We somehow take up so much room with such a little tent.