Dear cancer, don’t even THINK about parking here. Shove off.

Jul 5

On our final day in Paris, as we prepare to head back to Toronto tomorrow…..I remind myself of this INCREDIBLE WILD ADVENTURE RIDE …that we have been on for the past two years. It will also be a hectic time, one filled with a container load of furniture, and the logistics of moving back across the pond. I like to choose to do only FUN stuff, so I am not blogging about logistical *yawn* boring stuff….but rather of the excitement this new road is taking us on.

#Cancer don't even think about parking here. Read more on the bloggy here :

Michael   Taking  It   easy

As many of you know by now, Michael has been quite sick with symptoms of his cancer. He was diagnosed 4 years ago, had symptoms then too, but for some unknown reason, those symptoms decided to go into full swing. Michael LOVES his work, truly loves it, so it has been a balance of trying to do the work that he loves and protect his immune system as well.
Up to this point, we have viewed his Cancer as a monkey on his back. Heck, it is better to have a monkey on your back, instead of hair on your back. haha. We buried our heads in the sand, and just forgot about it as best we could. AND we did that. It worked . Until now. Yes, he was symptomatic, and tired, but that doesn’t mean ~ give up ~ it means, get out there and enjoy your life with your family and friends.


He has drenching night sweats, fever, rash, fatigue, and ever worsening blood results. He is anemic and has cryoglobulinemia. Ok, medical world, please make words easier to pronounce than that. I will start making nick names for these diseases, and you are not going to like it :-).



With Cancer, we have no secrets. Our view is that Cancer can not be fought alone. It takes a team. It takes a team of friends~family~loved ones~even complete strangers….to make the journey a positive one. For whatever reason….Cancer decided to park itself in our lives…but we have one message for Cancer and we want to scream it from the roof tops, loud and clear…..


Yah, you read it right. Take THAT ” Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia” and shove off. Your name is too long to pronounce anyway, so we are going to call you ” kiss off, jerk face”. I suppose this might be the angry stage of cancer observation for me ?! Hahahhaaaaa……Nah,

We choose LAUGHTER.

We choose GOOD TIMES.

We choose MARGARITA’S.

We choose to make this cancer journey with goodness, love, kindness and warmth. Mackenzie said it best today ” Badness is our enemy, but wouldn’t it be worse if it was our friend?”.


Michael is all about that. Giving to others, helping others, and sending out love and light. Sounds corny, but absolutely positively truthful. So that it why , as we embark on this new journey, I am not so worried. Yes, we had a week long pity party, but….my friends… was a game changer. We felt it, we felt the sorrow of it, and now we are ready to knock the socks off of cancer.

Michael does have about 75 % of cancer cells within his bone marrow. He does have blood work that is not so favourable at the moment…..but we are going to turn it around. Kick it in the teeth, and we are happy to do this along side each and every one of you.


After all, this tortoise is 300 years old, imagine what he has had to live through ?  So, we hope you join us on this journey. When the rubber meets the road, this guy, MICHAEL is just an awesome guy who needs a helping hand for his chemotherapy journey.

blue skies

May we all fly like gorgeous kites in the sky….and have a FAN~TAB~U~LOUS time along the way…..

P.s. For the latest update on Michael…Please click on this post —>> Dear Cancer, You can Kiss my Ass


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  1. jojo

    July 5th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Consider me part of the team!

  2. Denise Wakeman

    July 6th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I’m all in and will gladly jet up to TO if you say the word. And maybe even if you don’t say the word. 🙂

  3. Anonymous

    July 12th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Michael and Lynne, You have the Stewart Family support network over here in the UK, Jo & Tony

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    July 13th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Hiya Jo ! Michael has told me some pretty awesome stories about you and your hubby. Thanks for feeding him dinner, btw, I am not so skilled in that department. haha. I would rather wallpaper a room, than make dinner.
    You are a lucky dog to live in the Uk. Wish we were there again….traveling those trains, staring out the windows at the gorgeous countryside and listening to the top drawer funky english accent ~ Love it !!
    Much love,

  5. Charlotte 'Lotty' Logsdon

    July 12th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hi Lynne, you won’t know me but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Michael on a few occassions in the UK and he truely is a great guy (but I guess you know that already) :o) I honestly don’t know what to write, I know words cannot fix but… positivity is the key. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Best Wishes and Support, Lotty :o)

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    July 13th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Dear Lotty
    Thanks for your beautiful words. It is great to hear from family and friends…and we can “feel the love ” 🙂 all the way from the UK to Canada. Great job…the love wave reached straight across the pond !
    We will have more updates later this week…and until then….thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

  7. chris Norton

    July 13th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Hi lynne and Michael I do not usualy reply to Blogs so that says something about your blog and my discovery of Micheal’s illness. I met Micheal through our two companies working together in Europe….Your blog on his illness is really inspirational and whilst words are not much use in terms of what you are going through…your words are the exception. If spirit and togetherness are key factors in truimph over this you will be home and dry good luck best wishes Chris Norton

  8. Tammy Mccannell

    July 14th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Lynne Im Annas sister and just want to say that based on everything my lil sis has told me and from reading your blog your family is really amazing.

  9. claudiua Simon

    July 15th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Lyn and Michael,
    just reading your blog makes me sad and happy at he same time .
    It `s amazing the way you are writing about this daemon and the way you handle it.

    I feel so so sorry, that we haven´t met twice in paris or munich, but as you can imagine our thoughts are with you and you wonderful family .
    We wish you a wonderful comeback to canada, all the best for michael and we hope we will see each other again , wherever, whenever……
    Big kiss
    claudia & Michael

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    July 16th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Hello Claudia !!!!! So great to hear from you !!! I hope you are doing well on your journey too…..It was such a beautiful time that we spent with you and your fam. You have such a gorgeous soul, and I treasure the time we spent together~ always. Much love, my friend. xo

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  12. Caragh

    April 4th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I love all your blogs and your *cancer sux* is a huge inspiration to me. My husband (and I) have just started our fight against cancer this week, and I already feel we are in it to win. 😉 , I wish you and you’re your family all the luck and love in the world. Thanks for everything, keep it up, you’re amazing xx

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    April 4th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Wow Caragh !
    Thank you for my big fat dose of an ego boost. I will never get my head through the door now. I will be too busy high five-ing myself. ha!

    You and your hubby started a cancer journey this week too ?!! You actually brought a tear to my eye. I can feel your epic energy – and your fight to win!

    Sending you incredible gushy love – and thanks again for making my day, my week, my month, my year. xx

    Dear cancer, you can kiss our ass 🙂

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