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Love that kid

• June 19, 2013 • Comments (0)

“This helmet sweats my head.”   Another classic Gracie-ism.   We went for another ride today, a longer one, and she was thrilled.  The kid loves her bike, and I love the kid.

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Emily’s House

• June 18, 2013 • Comments (0)

It was just another ordinary day until I got Lindsey Yeskoo’s comment on my blog post, Ordinary Days.  I don’t cry much anymore after all I’ve been through, but there I was in the Tim Horton’s, with my 5 year old Gracie suddenly dropping her jumbo Smarties and chocolate chip cookie (a rare occurrence indeed) [...]

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Michael Douglas’ throat cancer

• June 16, 2013 • Comments (0)

There’s been a huge media storm over actor Michael Douglas’ statement that the type of throat cancer he had is often caused by HPV, the same virus that causes genital warts and other cancers, such as cervical cancer.  The virus also causes the warts on the vocal cords that can  be effectively treated by the [...]

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Category: Papillomatosis, Voice problem

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Voices for the voiceless

• June 16, 2013 • Comments (0)

The Globe and Mail profiled technology and other approaches that help people with neuromuscular disorders (like cerebral palsy) or traumatic brain injuries to speak.  It’s called augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and includes electronic devices with word-prediction properties and assistants who interpret gestures, blinks and verbalizing.  Several key points were made at a recent 90 [...]

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Biking with the doc

• June 11, 2013 • Comments (4)

So Dr. Anderson and I have now biked for over an hour in Sunnybrook Park each morning, two days in a row.  This is great exercise for me, and gives Jennifer a chance to catch up on her text messages.  Picture me, huffing and puffing, full sweat, cresting a hill, to find Jennifer slowly tooling [...]

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Glee star makes special trip to Toronto for young girl

• June 5, 2013 • Comments (0)

Here’s the video of Glee star Dot Jones (Coach Beiste) making a special trip to Toronto to see Sophie Sullivan, a vibrant young Branksome student who suffered a brain injury after a fall.

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Ordinary days

• June 5, 2013 • Comments (2)

Yesterday I went to a talent show at Branksome Hall, in support of a young lady named Sophie Sullivan.  Sophie was in Emily’s grade 3 class at Branksome.  Last winter, she fell while skiing and triggered a rupture of an AVM (arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of arteries and blood vessels in her brain that she’d [...]

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Category: Emily's House, Sophie Sullivan, Uncategorized

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My concession to 50

• June 5, 2013 • Comments (0)

I might just start wearing a touch of lipstick.   Not every day, mind you.

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Girlfriends

• May 22, 2013 • Comments (0)

Today’s the day:  half a century on the planet.  I’m thankful for many things.  But as any woman over the age of say, 10, will tell you, nothing’s better than a good girlfriend.  So I’d like to thank a few of them today: Lea – June Cleaver’s got nothing on you.  You’re the nicest person [...]

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Greece

• May 14, 2013 • Comments (0)

We’re in Greece now, on the island of Mykonos.  Staying at the Mykonos Grand in a quiet suite with our own pool.  It’s cooler here than in Toronto.  Arrgh.  Any time summer is ready, I’m ready for it.  There’s not much to do in Mykonos (it is a very small, barren island with a few [...]

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