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I realized that we never posted to celebrate an enormous milestone: the end of 2013 brought 5 years NED!

The 5-year mark is quite special as this is the point when you’re finally considered cured of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This is when the odds of “it” returning suddenly become very slim. You don’t need to be poked and prodded as often. Perhaps you can forget.

We’re very fortunate. Many are not so lucky and we think of those people all the time.


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A week or so ago, Gord and Janet called to confirm dinner with us on ‘Remission eve’. They also said that they’d be bringing dessert, no exceptions.

I announce the Tom Tam cake…made with Tom’s favorite cookie, the Tim Tam!

Thanks, Janet!

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I work for a biotech company. We produce software that is used in labs working primarily on biomarker research. As with any company, we’re here to make money, but there’s another more personal driving force: we’ve all been touched by cancer and we want to help prevent and cure it.

We are heavily involved with a group called the Canary Foundation, the world’s first non-profit organization dedicated solely to the funding, discovery and development of tests that will detect cancer early – the canary in the coal mine. Founded by ex-Cicso exec and philanthropist Don Listwin, 100% of money raised goes directly to research; Don’s family foundation covers all administrative expenses. The Canary Foundation has a large network of researchers and labs along the Canada and US west coast, each focusing on a piece of the puzzle. They also provide scientific program management to make sure that all funded research activities are on track and that any obstacles are rapidly addressed and overcome. This close level of research monitoring helps ensure an unusually rapid pace of research and is very different from most grant environments where reviews are typically done annually and at a cursory level.

I’m particularly motivated towards this cause, especially after Tom’s cancer journey this past year. Tom’s success is partly due to us discovering his cancer early (that and being the oldest known and treated cancer).  However, we haven’t always been so lucky; cancer has affected my family through the untimely loss of my beloved grandmother and Tom’s mother. They were affected by cancers that can be cured in their early stages, but with the current tests available, are almost impossible to detect in time for effective treatment.

I know that most of you already have some cause that you fund, but if you feel that this research is worthwhile, please donate something to help prevent the misery of cancer. You can safely donate online here. Thank you.

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I’m always tired. I’m easily irritated and my patience for stupid, irrational people is thin (more so than usual). I have no desire to work and dread going in each morning.

I would really just like to putter around my house all day and bury my face in the neck of my wonderful, fuzzy pony. I would really like my headaches to go away and the nagging anxiety that tightens my chest and makes my heart race to fuck right off. I would like to be able to stop obsessively and compulsively monitoring Tom every waking minute.

(And this is me on happy pills! Can you imagine what I’d be like if I wasn’t?!)

My friend Frank thought of me when he saw this car on a recent trip to one of our customer sites in Germany. How apropos, dontcha think?


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This is the face of cancer

Before cancer…

After cancer…

We’re tired, we’re stressed, but we’re a little wiser and more appreciative of life and everything we have.

Thank you to our friends who were there for us during this horrible journey…you know who you are.

Tom and Cassie

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More info and photos to come. I just wanted to post that gem.

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