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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

New York Trip

You are the love of my life

I’m not sure when it started. It must have been about a year ago. I woke up one morning, looked at Nagib and proclaimed, “You are the star in my sky”. He smiled. So, the next day, I tell him, “You are the sunshine of my life”. I got another positive reaction. Bolstered with new … Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014.  It was an agonizing decision this morning.  Should I or shouldn’t I?  It was Halloween after all and my workplace encouraged everyone to dress up.  So I stood up tall, took a deep breath and reached into the recesses of my closet.  And there it was.  A couple of my wigs in … Continue reading

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Managing Energy

Over the past few months, I have been working very hard. It started innocently enough. I was working 3 days a week and was managing work and life in nice balance. Over time, as my projects increased, I found I was dedicating more and more time at work. 3 days became 4 days, and then…

Munira and Lynda - July 2013

Living in the Front Row of Life

I spent a beautiful afternoon yesterday with my friend, Lynda Cavanagh, and her husband Dave.  Lynda and I have been friends for more than 20 years when we worked together at Scotiabank.  I have wonderful memories of going to Lynda’s place for tree trimming, year after year, when Shayne and Sabrina were little.  We would … Continue reading

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

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