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“So, bit of an update…

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“Basically, I came back to Vancouver because Lily got some bad news. She’s been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Oh my god, so sorry to hear that.

Yeah, and it’s a fairly aggressive form of it, so it’s pretty rough. Good news though is she seems to responding pretty well to the chemo. It’s a type of cancer that usually responds well to chemo.

Oh, that’s good. Really glad to hear she’s doing well with it. I’m sure she’ll beat it, and she’s such a strong person.

Yeah, she is. It’s hard, but she’s doing well.

How are you doing with it all?

I’m good. Obviously it’s been a pretty crazy year, but I’m glad I’m here. It felt like a no-brainer to come back and help.

Definitely. Well if there’s any way I can help, just let me know. I’d love to help if I can.

For sure.”

“How’s Lily doing?

She’s good, the chemo really puts her on her ass, so she’s pretty exhausted a lot of the time. But it feels good knowing that we’re making progress and she’s responding well.

That’s good to hear. So the treatment’s pretty hard then?

Yeah, for the first few days after she gets it for that week, she’s basically in bed the entire time. But after that she starts to recover a bit and get back to normal. Next week’s an off week, so it’ll she’ll be like herself for a bit.

Got it. Yeah that’s tough. How are you holding up?

Good, work is pretty full-on so I’m able to keep busy which is good. Between that and being with her is basically my full schedule. I can’t complain.

Good. Well if there’s ever anything I can do to help, just let me know.

For sure.”

“What’s the latest with Lily?

Well, we hit a big milestone the other day, she just had her last chemo session.

Oh amazing! Congrats, that must feel so good.

Thank you, it does. It’s bittersweet though, because it’s a big milestone, but she also still feels really shitty from the chemo being in her. But we’re trying to savour it.

Definitely, you should. That’s such a big thing to have gone through. What happens now?

The next big thing is the surgery. That happens October 15th. Hypothetically after recovering from that, she’d be done. But there are lots of other question marks in between – she might need radiation, or do a clinical trial, or need more recovery. So we’ll see.

Got it. That’s great. It’s so good that you’re there with her. And you’re doing well?

Yeah, all is well for me, just business as usual.

Good. It’s important that you take care of yourself too. And if you or Lily ever need anything, just say the word!

For sure.”

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