Lynn’s Comments: As some of you are aware, I underwent brain surgery in early October 2013. I spent about 2 weeks in the hospital and then was discharged. Since, then I’ve been home main resting and recuperating with many follow up appointments at the hospital. November was quite the experience and I was very fortunate to have the Wheel trans service to get me around the city.
My life since brain surgery has involved having a Personal Support Worker come 3 times a week to my home to help me with my bathing. I’ve had to have a grab bar installed on my bath tub, and have a bathing chair to sit while I bath. In addition, I have gotten a Rollator which is a folding walker with wheels and basket to help support my walking. I normally work out 5 times a week. It’s now been almost 4 months of no working out. With 6 weeks post surgery, and my aunt reminded me today it’s time to get the body moving, rather than sitting or lying in bed during the day.
With brain surgery, and a scar healing across the head, any fall cannot be risked at this time. So, walking outside during winter is not an option right now. My aunt’s brilliant idea was to walk with the support of my Rollator in the lower level Parking Lot of my condo building as it’s not busy and has a smooth surface to walk on. So, today, my PARKING LOT TRAINING REGIME began. I walked for 10 minutes and then felt tired. My left leg felt heavy and I decided that it was enough for the day.
As I walked today, I stood in complete GRATITUDE for my legs which give me the ability to walk. I was extremely fortunate that post surgery I still have walking ability and I thank God for that!
My training has begun and I am on my way to complete health and fitness. STAY TUNED…..
Lynn’s Comments: It’s been about 3 months since I have written a blog post. I left for India on July 31st, 2013 and traveled for 28 days in that wonderful country. I went from Kochi, to Guajarat to Delhi and Leh, Ladakh. I attended a Past Life Regression Conference and traveled up the mountains to 18, 000 ft above ground. I had an amazing time with Sumita in Ladakh,exploring Buddhist monasteries and seeing another part of India, which felt like I was in a completely different country.
Upon my return to Toronto in September 2013, I was busy with my return to work and several appointments that kept me busy. The month of September just flew by, I had some friends visit on September 29th at home, and they brought me a Diva Martini glass with goodies and a self care package of soaps and creams, and a great prayer book of Jewish prayers.
My excitement for early October 2013 was having my Living Room Makeover completed courtesy of Scotties Tissues and it go to air on ET Canada on Global Television on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 nationally across Canada. We watched my proud moment with my mother in the hospital in the TV Room at East General Hospital.
My mother got out of the hospital the next day and the day after on Thursday, October 10th, 2013, I awoke and unexpectedly 911 was called and I ended up in the hospital for an emergency. Life changed for me dramatically on Friday, October 11th, 2013, when I was informed I would need brain surgery the following week. I was very fortunate to have many visitors prior to surgery on Thanksgiving weekend and for those who came and prayed with me. All your gifts were greatly appreciated and touched my soul.
As I reflect upon Fall 2013, I stand in awe and gratitude that I successfully completed brain surgery 2 weeks ago and I am recovering well. I have a large scar on the my head and will take some time to balance myself out and get used to doing the things, I did effortlessly before. However, through God’s grace and my strong will, my life’s journey shall continue. During surgery, I had a blissful moment, where I crossed to some nice white serene place and was at complete ease.
I learned many years ago, to live life fully and live each day as if it were your last. I thank God that I have enjoyed life much so far. I look forward to more good times ahead. In the next few months, I will be spending quiet time in reflection, prayer and embracing me fully. I am divine light and I bow down to the divine light in you! Namaste!
Lynn’s Comments: In June 2013 of this year, I made the conscious decision to come to India for a detox at an Ayurvedic Hospital in Kochi, Kerala, India. I booked my airline ticket after my boss gave me time off and I got my visa for India approved. I was so keen to ensure that I do a detox period post-conventional cancer treatment that I underwent in 2012. I was so committed to taking charge of my health and I still am.
I left for India on July 31st and was so excited about spending 28 days in ayurvedic massage bliss! However, just after 1 week at the hospital I got discharged and had to figure out what to do for the next 3 weeks!! I wrote several friends who have returned to live in India and those who live in Toronto with family in India. So, one week after arriving in Kochi, Kerala I flew out to Vaodara, Gujarat to spend time with my Facebook friend Rajiv and his wife Hanna, along with spending time with Tushar’s mom. It was such a restful week, rejuvenating and full of buddhist chanting times. I was gifted with a beautiful silver blue topaz ring that was hand designed and made for me, along with the book, the Road Less Travelled.
On August 17th, I left Vaodara for Delhi. I decided to come to Delhi to attend the Past Lives Conference on August 18th, 2013 in Gurgaon. I had the great fortune of meeting 2 people form the USA who were friends of a Medical Intuitive who helped me in 2012 during my recovery back to optimal health. I went through a Past Life Regression group session with Toni Reilly from Melbourne, Australia, and had some flashes about my past lives. It was a great day out in this city.
I have 1 day on my own today and tomorrow, Sumita who used to live in Toronto arrives from Chennai to join me in Delhi and on Wed, August 21st, we fly out to Leh to spend 8 days in Ladakh, North India for a journey within. So excited about my reconnection with Sumita as we haven’t seen each other since 2008!!
What I have learned in the past 2 weeks, is that we sometimes, make plans, and God has another plan for us. Physically, it has been a challenging 2 weeks on my body, but just envisioning white light throughout my body. Positive visualization is what gets me through these growth oriented times!
I thank you God for the gift of LIFE and all that you provide. Gratitude is what I express from my heart!
Lynn’s Comments: As many of you know, my father passed away in February 2013 of this year. Miraculously, within 2 days of his passing, a few family members who I have never met, contacted me via my website and on Facebook. They were looking for his obituary and in turn, found me! Due to the family connecting, I was able to also find out about my father’s side of the family.
It was a very special and surreal moment, to have had the opportunity to meet one cousin this past May. I was nervous, and it was such an out of body experience. After the meeting, I had to walk around and go to the movies just to process my feelings.
I also had another cousin who contacted me from Calgary, who was very much like me, an outsider to the family. When he reached out to me, it was such a healing experience. I cried when he wrote on one of my articles written about me, that he was a proud relative of mine. I was so touched that a member of the father’s side of the family could be proud of me.
Life is full of surprises and gifts and meeting my father’s side of the family was such a gift. I got to meet a few other members of the family in June this year at a POLO fundraising match. I thank God everyday for sending them my way. I am grateful.
Lynn’s Comments: It was just over a year ago, that I had a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection. This time last year I was recovering and healing from my breast surgery. It is now a year later, and life has been getting back on track.
I started working graduated hours at the end of January 2013 and regular part-time hours on April 1st, 2013. When I first started working, I was tired, but I started a regular exercise routine at the same time, and now I am completely energized!
My social less active than it used to be, but it’s all good, because I am completely focused on myself. Self care is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
I have a loving family, great friends and a completely fulfilled life! Beyond that, I ask everyone to be patient with me, as it takes time to create a new sense of normalcy.
Lynn’s Comments: After reading someone else’s blog post, I got inspired and thought I’d write a letter to my dream man and future husband. I thank you, my DREAM MAN for:
- your unconditional love
- your time and care taken to plan our dates
- your kisses
- your gorgeous smile
- your touch
- your endless hugs
and for absolutely everything!!
Love you!! ox ox ox
Lynn’s Comments: On Saturday, March 16th, 2013, I attended the official launch and fundraiser of The Youth Code. It is a new non-profit organization that aims to help children of abuse live a life beyond surviving. Kalista Zackhariyas, the brainchild behind the organization is using her personal life experience to transform the lives of many, give hope and creating amazing futures for children.
The launch was held at the Grand Banking Hall of One King West. It was co-hosted by Supermodel/Actor Sam Sarpong from L.A. and Veronica Chail from Bollywood Boulevard. The evening entertainment included: The Winner from So You Think Can Dance, Hip Hop Artist and Former Child Soldier Emmanuel Jal gave a great speech and performance, along with singer Keisha Chante. I enjoyed every moment of the entertainment and was moved by all who graced the stage.
With an abundance of food and desserts, there was also a silent auction of great items!
We all have life experience for a reason, and it was so touching to see an amazing woman who made her dream to make a difference in the lives of others a reality!!
Please donate generously to this organization: The Youth Code.
My Prayer is that all children in the world have love, food and a comfortable place to sleep. AMEN
Lynn’s Comments: I first heard about World Women Global Council last month and was kindly invited by Sanjukta Das to participate and speak. Little did I know at the time, I accepted, but it was also an opportunity for myself to be recognized and receive a Women’s Hero Award for International Women’s Day. I have always enjoy getting out into the community, engaging with others and speaking to an audience.
Celebrating Womanhood and the launch of World Women Global Council was held on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 from 5pm-8pm at the Art of Living Centre in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada. It was an excellent evening with the MP, Brad Butt of Streetsville, Mississauga as the lead speaker. Women Hero’s honored included:
We also got to hear Debra Eklove, President of the Art of Living Foundation Canada speak which was extremely enlightening. Overall, it was a great celebration, moving, educational and inspiring! Being a woman is wonderful and I had the chance to speak about some of the women who helped me on my journey back to recovery in 2012. I am extremely grateful for all the women who touched my life, as I made it because of them!
Lynn’s Comments: It was my birthday on Feb 6th and I turned 40 this year. I decided to keep it quiet and have a small gathering of friends and family at a South Indian restaurant on Gerrard St. It was a nice lunch and while I was at the restaurant, I felt my father’s presence and him saying to me, that this was your last hug. Little did I know at the time, but it indeed would be the last hug, as he passed away the same day. I only found out about his passing 2 days later.
Hearing about my father’s passing was indeed tough news, but not surprising. He had several strokes in the past several years and dementia overtook him. I was so grateful, I had the chance to see him one last time on Dec 11th, 2011. I had a challenging year recovering from cancer in 2012 and I never got around to going to visit him again. With him now gone, I savour every memory and moment spent with him. Our lunches spent in restaurants around Toronto. My favorite place to dine out with my father was at the Westin Prince Hotel near Don Mills and York Mills.
My father was my mentor and guide. He was there to give me the best advice ever, when I first dealt with cancer at age 24. He reminded me at that time, not give up on my dreams. I always enjoyed listening to his stories. What a great story teller my father was and maybe one day, I’ll write those stories in a book. The best gifts I ever got from my father was his time and of course, jewellery from all around the world!!
Hopefully, God blesses me with a man who is my life partner and treats like Gold as dad did! I declare that I am so LUCKY!!
Watch this video about a gift from my father: