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  • Introduction

    In February 2012, I was diagnosed with two cancers of the blood: Stage 4 Lymphoma and Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma. This blog is an attempt to share my journey, learnings and insights with you through this process.

    This has been a long and arduous year. God willing, I should be back – better than ever – in the next few months. My goal has been to embrace my vulnerability and to share my story with you with authenticity – the good, the fears and uncertainties, the blessings.

    Like the Mighty Oak Tree whose leaves and branches are constantly tested by the wind, these cancers have tested my strength beyond measure. With your continued prayers and support, and with God’s Grace, I know I will endure this journey and come out of this successfully with humility and in gratitude.

    - Munira

A GEMM OF A MAN

  “Munira, you and I are on a parallel journey. We are going to fight this together.” I still remember Tony Gemmiti saying this to me, with such optimism, with such hope, at the Multiple Myeloma Walk on June 22nd, just a couple of weeks ago. Never could I have imagined these would be the … Continue reading

Pascale Gagne, my friend.

“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy.” – Inuit Legend

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A Great Day for Walking!

  June 22, 2014, Toronto — She took the train from Boston to Buffalo last night, and then woke up at 4:30 a.m. this morning to drive from Buffalo to Toronto, just so that she could walk by my side at the 2014 Journey to Conquer Cancer.  This crazy, beautiful, irreverent, feisty friend of mine is Lu’Wana Harris!  She … Continue reading

What is your birth song?

There is a book I’m currently reading called, “Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community” by Sobonfu Somé.   It is a poignant, compelling read of the Dagara tribe and how children are considered the soul of every Dagara village.  Somé outlines rituals that begin even before the child is born right … Continue reading

A Time for Reflection, and a Day for Walking

TORONTO, Canada, May 25, 2014 — Today has been a day of reflection, of contemplation and of joy.  It is World Partnership Walk day, an event that my family and I have been participating in for more than 25 years. This Walk is one of the largest fundraising events in Canada to support the world’s poorest communities in … Continue reading

Going Back to the Basics!

Monday, May 19th, 2014 — It all started in Florida last month.  I tried to put on my denim shorts and it would not fit.  So I figured I probably brought Sabrina’s much smaller shorts by mistake.  But no, these were my shorts.  Size 8 Old Navy shorts that fit me perfectly six months ago.  … Continue reading

The Footprints We Leave Behind

As a young child growing up in a small town in Tanzania, there were a few people that made an indelible impression on me: a couple of teachers, a handful of business people, older cousins, an aunt I was particularly fond of. And then there was Shah, …

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Happily Ever After

One day there was a little girl. She was rather plain and ordinary and loved to read well into the night. She had a secret wish that one day Prince Charming would come into her life, sweep her off her feet and they would live happily ever after. In the same kingdom, lived a little … Continue reading

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The Spoon Theory

Lately I’ve noticed that when people ask me how I’m doing, I say “tired but happy”.   One of my colleagues at work, Megan, said that she understood perfectly. She said that it is like “the spoon theory”. I didn’t quite know what she meant and she shared with me the story of a woman who … Continue reading

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Some thoughts from the Beach…

Dammit Dolls and Making Waves At the boardwalk on Clearwater Beach, I met the “Dammit Doll”

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