Lynn’s Comments: Being at home on medical leave from work due to cancer treatment has certainly been quite the experience. I have been mainly been spending my time at home either reading, watching television (which is a habit I never had before), surfing on the internet and roaming on social media networks. I was rather delighted when I received a message and invitation from Ashima Suri of Building Bridges Association of Canada to speak at their Networking Event for Women with Disabilities on May 2nd, 2012. The day that I was invited to speak by Ashima, was also the day I also received my 5th Chemo treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital on April 20th, 2012. I had a bit of Chemo brain that day, but I did commit to speak for the event!
I felt rather fine for a few days after my 5th Chemo treatment, however, about 6 days later, I started to get a dry cough from April 26th onwards. The cough continued throughout the weekend and the following week as well. I was a little concerned as the week progressed, wondering, if I would be able to still speak at the event? I made sure that I rested and upon arrival to the venue on the day of the event, Silvi, a facebook friend gave me some ginger candies and I had some tea. I settled in to the Speaker’s Table and met the other guest speakers. There was positive energy all around.
Luckily, my cough went away and I was able to speak after lunch to the attendees and other guests. I was able to share my personal experience of challenges and temporary times of disability with the audience and the knowledge I learned along the way in my journey. I felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak that day as my experience will enable others to build bridges in their lives!
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