Best Bestie …

My best-bestie came to visit me last week and it was JUST the tonic I needed. 🙂

I didn’t realize how depressed I was until Shoshana arrived… The AC Chemo that I was doing previously was SO HARD on me that I wasn’t aware of how much of a zombie it had made me.

I don’t go out during the day (because the sun/heat is too hard on me) and I try and keep busy puttering around the house but truth be told I don’t really do much and while I was doing the AC it was ok because I was so sick from the nausea that I couldn’t do anything.

But now that I’m on Taxol things are much better … but I’m still living like I’m doing the AC and it’s made me into a zombie. Sho’s visit brought me back to life. 🙂

We did what we always do. We talked. We ate hummus. We talked. I cried. We napped. We talked. We went for a walk. I plucked her eyebrows and we gossiped about everything and everyone. Having Sho here was exactly what I needed to get out of my slump.


I’ve known her since we were in daycare. That’s over 40 years!! She knows me better than anyone… and nobody can make me laugh like she can. At one point I was laughing/crying and peeing my pants. There’s a reason she was nominated by NOW magazine as “Person most likely to make you pee your pants”

Gerry says we are like chirpy little birds finishing each others thoughts. He says he can barely keep up with our conversations sometimes. 🙂

One night we pulled out the highschool year books (oh god) and went through them page by page. What I can’t remember – she can fill in and we talked about everyone we used to know or still know. It’s amazing how many people from high school are still in our lives …

Gerry isn’t friends with anyone from his school. Maybe it’s a Saskatchewan thing. 🙂

Here I am in 1985 being a dramatic camera ham. Not much has changed. Ha ha.


Me, Sho and Dewey in 1986 …


Shoshana’s husband Maury (who I’ve known since we were baby-teenagers) wasn’t able to visit but we did have a fun visit via FaceTime. I love living in the future!


Shoshana also came with me to my 3rd Taxol chemo. It was a little nerve wracking because they decided to no longer give me the Benadryl and the Dexamethasone with the Taxol. Both those drugs help me NOT react to the Taxol. My doctor wanted to see if I could tolerate the Taxol alone.

It was scary because I’m a bit suggestive. If you tell me I might feel dizzy then I’m going to feel dizzy. Ha ha. So when they gave me the Taxol we just had to sit there and wait and see if I had tightness in my chest or if my throat closed up. Eeep! 🙁

Luckily I had Nurse C who has been my nurse a few times … Sho asked her where she was from and it turned out she’s also a Saskatchewan girl so we sat and talked about the prairies for a long time.

I had a hot-flash during my treatment (hence the cold towel on my head) but I didn’t have a reaction to the Taxol. Yippeee.


Best part about it was that I wasn’t drunk on Benedryl like I normally am so I was able to drive home and didn’t need a nap or anything. The next day I didn’t have a drug hang-over like I normally do so Sho and I were able to run a few errands and even go for a walk on the beach.


My dear sweet friend Graham also came to visit me for one night. I’ve also known him since we were baby-teenagers and he is close friends with Sho & Mo. They are all in The Monkey Bunch together.


It is always so much fun for me to hang out with by my Regina-Mafia friends. So many inside jokes. So many … 🙂

Before I knew it … it was time to send my crazy friends on their way back home.


It was heartbreaking to say good-bye to them. As soon as they left I started bawling … I took Fergus for a walk and I think I cried for 20 minutes non-stop.

It’s hard to be so far away from my family of friends. They all live in Toronto now and I only get to see them a few times a year. Especially Sho. She’s my sister from another Mother. Nobody gets me like she does …


Speaking of dear friends … Jeanette Zeis send me this amazing tea-cup she made. I burst into tears (so much crying lately) when I opened the box and saw what she sent me. I love her work. It’s divine. Check it out HERE.


Since Sho left I’ve been trying to get out of the house every day to do something. Even if it’s just something small like visiting Gerry at work.


I also have another visitor … MY HAIR! It’s starting to come in and it’s hilarious. It’s like wispy fine baby hair. It’s so weird …


That visit was a great kick in the ass … and I know I’m feeling better because I’m already starting to think about re-opening the online portion of Sarah’s Place. Ha ha.  🙂 What do you think? Are you ready to shop?

4 Taxols down. 8 more to go…


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10 Responses to Best Bestie …

  1. Tanya says:


    Super happy to read this post and how your friends brought you some sunshine.

    Go get ’em tiger!

    Much love.

  2. Sarah says:

    Halfway there baby… You got this.

  3. H says:

    Whoot! Whoot! So good to hear you had this much needed boost! We’ve never met, but I think of you all the time and send you light and love whenever you pop into my head. You’ve got this and we are all cheering you on! <3

    • Colleen says:

      Oops!!!! My name got mucked up ^^^^ above… It’s supposed to say “Colleen” 🙂 Not sure how that happened, but what can I say? I guess from here on in my moniker will be “H” – LOL!!!!

  4. Kolina says:

    When I saw that your best besties were visiting I smiled so big! I’m so glad you had that time with them. Love you!

  5. Ariane says:

    I’m so glad you have such an amazing support system. 🙂 And that this part of the treatment isn’t as horrible!

    That’s so funny, maybe it is a Saskatchewan thing – I’m not friends with anyone I went to highschool with either. I mean, I have a few of them on Facebook, but the only people I’m still kinda tight with are the kids I grew up next door to, they were like my second family.

  6. Nikki says:

    I’m ready to shop! I just re-visited your website after not being on for a long time. I ordered one of your cookbooks years ago when I first went vegan and you wrote a note on the front page, of course I still have it. I was also a first subscriber to Herbivore and remember your coolest vegan highlight!!

    I’m sending lots of good energy your way toward recovery. xo.

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