Can a person tell you all about themselves in one short paragraph? Probably not but I'll do my best.
I'm Jean. 40. Married. Three Kids. Early Childhood Educator.
That's it in a nutshell but does that really tell you anything about me? Not really.
In 2009 my Dad died of cancer. It was a life changing event for me. Up until then we'd been lucky. We'd had cancer in the family - aunts, cousins, etc., but it was indirect, something you felt sad about but life went on.
But losing my Dad changed all that. It made cancer personal and I hated that bitch. So I started fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society. It was how I dealt with it. I threw myself into creating a Relay for Life team with my family and friends and I pestered the shit out of everyone I knew to donate. (I still do, so if I know you get ready....this year's Relay is just around the corner)
But that bitch cancer didn't like that I was fighting back so it invaded me too and in 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I was 37 years old. The next 16 months were a blur of surgery, chemo, radiation and Herceptin.
2 years later I'm cancer free (YAY!!) healthy and halfway through the breast reconstruction process.
Why, of all the things that have happened in my life is that the story I chose to tell in my About Me section?
I've struggled for years to not let cancer define me but the truth is, it does. It changed me. It changed how I see the world, how I live my life, how I feel about my friends, family and even those I've just met. It changed everything.
Is that good? I don't really know but I'd like to think so because I think I'm a better person now. I hope I am anyway.
Welcome to my blog - an insight into my silly, little life. The good, the bad and the just plain twisted. Enjoy the ride!