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Video : We hope that by sharing our cancer story we empower others with love and light to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.  Be a part of our #WeCANcerVive movement and make a positive difference in the fight against cancer.  Together, we cancer-vive.

Cancer :

There are FEARS. Fancy meeting you here, old friend.

It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve written an update on Michaels cancer. Right now, I’m actually stuck for the right words to say so I just blurted a bunch of words on to this page and hit publish. And Michael made this video for you after your outpouring of love on Instagram ….

Cancer is a mofo

As many of you may know, 13 years ago Michael was originally diagnosed with a rare non Hodgkins lymphoma. The median survival rate was 5 years. Yet, here he is… already a walking miracle. Three years ago, his cancer transformed into a deadly leptomeningeal metastasis. Most people live weeks to months with that diagnosis. Weeks to months. Cancer coated nerves on his brain and free floated through his cerebral spinal fluid / central nervous system. After intrathecal chemo treatments, and IV chemo treatments … he hit a wall. We didn’t know if he would survive.

He stopped all treatment.

We travelled to Bali. We saw a healer.

We hit the reset button.

Here’s the thing about the roller coaster of life around cancer …. We eat right. Live healthy. Love hard. Breathe fresh clean air. Surround ourselves with love and light. Michael is on oral chemotherapy pills, daily. We try everything. Healing through cancer is like throwing spaghetti on a wall. We do everything in the let’s-heal-this-fucker-of-cancer-in-any-way-possible. That kind of heal.

Apparently. That’s not enough.

PS. I love Michaels fashion statement in the hospital. Blundstones and hospital gowns are a thing. Right? 🙂

Love and instagram

If love could heal, imagine what we could do? I’d like to believe that love has helped the healing, every step of the way. Perhaps that is why he is still here? We solve a lot of problems with LOVE.

Why can’t this one be the same?

Apparently. That’s not enough.

Last Christmas, it hit again. We were on our #BucketListFucketList road trip in our airstream enjoying presence with our kiddos instead of presents. Michael had such severe back pain, we had to make an emergency trip home. Watching Michael wheelchair bound and flying home was sooooo hard. The knowing that something was looming. Scary. On all levels of scary. Our kids held us through it all. They booked our flights. They packed up our airstream for storage. They got us to the airport and on that plane and to the hospital. Just. Like. That. Their love is palpable. My heart exploded and broke all at once. It explodes with love for them, and heartbreak that some day they may lose their Dad.

Michael had 5 rounds of radiation treatments on a 4 cm tumour on his spine. Together, we gave cancer a smack down. Once again.

Apparently. That’s not enough.

Video : We hope that by sharing our cancer story we empower others with love and light to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.  Be a part of our #WeCANcerVive movement and make a positive difference in the fight against cancer.  Together, we cancer-vive.

This is a tough go. Like, really tough.

This part of the road is getting really hard. For a loooooong time now, Michael has night time twitches. He moves/twitches about 100 times an hour while sleeping. Hugging him at night is like hugging an earthquake. In the past month, he has had bad back pain, facial numbness, numbness in his shoulder, numbness in his feet, an inability to easily lift one arm above his head, headaches, and double vision. He can’t see clearly for the first 10 minutes when waking up.

This shit is getting real.

Michaels oncologist (who may be an actual Saint, and we love her) has been taking such great care of him. She immediately ordered a brain MRI and lumbar puncture (to test his cerebral spinal fluid for cancer.)

The results are in ….

Unfortunately, it was not the best news. Lymphoma cells are on nerves entering his internal auditory canal, dorsal roots at multiple levels in his cervical spine (neck area) and free-fucking-floating in his cerebral spinal fluid AKA central nervous system <<< which is pretty much the most important part of life itself. When lymphoma cancer cells pass the blood brain barrier it’s not fucking good. Pardon my fucking French.

Cancer is like watching heartbreak unfold right in front of you.  It’s like having a front seat to the most heart wrenching experience.  It puts a big fucking lump in my throat to watch it and feel so very hopeless in the ability to stop it in it’s tracks. It is an uncontrollable train wreck of emotion. Cancer is where the rubber meets the road in the race of life. To watch Michael fight it, is like watching a champion. It’s brave. Warm. Funny. It is deep in the depths of sadness. It’s the not knowing what is going to happen next. It’s the knowing what’s going to happen next.  It’s a shit storm smack down of gut wrenching pain.  It’s an ugly cry a million times over.  It’s walking through the wilderness of grief and happiness… all at once. It’s an eye opener. It’s devastation. It’s gratitude. It’s love. It’s all that, and all those things… that take your breath away.

I feel gutted. Crushed. Scared. Terrified, actually. Can’t eat. Can’t sleep. Can’t think straight. Terrified.

It’s chemotherapy time again

He has been down this road before, and has been fighting the good fight. He will fight it again. Intrathecal chemotherapy is the only way to attempt treatment past the blood brain barrier. He is scheduled for weekly treatments, starting next week… throughout Christmas and the New Year. We will then reevaluate and go from there.

Basically. This all really sucks.

Cancer is horse shit.

And we are scared.

And we need your help.

We want to take our fear and turn it into a force for good and start a movement called we CANcer vive.

This dreaded disease takes so much, and we would love love love to find a way to bring some positivity and light to it all. How will we do that? With you. Will you help us?

Join the Facebook Group here.

Join our email newsletter here (We promise, it won’t be a stuffy boring one!)

Let’s somehow make this whole experience better. Cancer is in our world, we can’t change that. But we can change how we deal with it. How we cope. How we love through it. Lean into it. Together, we are stronger.

Video : We hope that by sharing our cancer story we empower others with love and light to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.  Be a part of our #WeCANcerVive movement and make a positive difference in the fight against cancer.  Together, we cancer-vive.

Together, we cancer-vive . Maybe, just maybe…together we can find the magical key of getting through it all by sharing, leaning, loving and anticipating the heartache and change. Perhaps we can be kindred spirits in the fight against that undesirable club we call cancer.

Here’s our ideas for a We CANcer-vive campaign :

We want to bring some light to someone else’s darkness through super fucking cool and feel good items. This page is a small start, but it is a start. You can be a part of the #WeCANcerVive movement here :

Our ideas so far are to have items and merch that empowers those around us….like We CANcer-vive tshirts, hats, cozy throw blankets, essential oil diffusers, candles, digital download art quotes… all the things, anything, everything that it takes to make a patients experience BETTER. We want the experience to be better for their loved ones, friends and family too.

We would also love to find a way to gift cancer patients and their loved ones care packages. Like cancer care kits. A portion of the proceeds would go toward helping a person in need. Maybe people could buy the a kit and donate it to someone in need? Or gift kits to others? Can we do this together, somehow?

This is where you come in. We want to pay it forward in a positive way and we need your help. We would love your input, your ideas… anything … everything… big or small… it doesn’t matter… we are grateful for any and all ideas. Please share in the comments below. xoxo

Maybe. Just Maybe. We can make a positive difference in this world in the fight against cancer. Let’s fight it with LOVE and knock that cancer fucker right off its pedestal. Pardon my French.

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  1. Karen Sullivan says:

    Very inspiring, with great updates. Your strength, passion for life and wisdom beyond your years puts everything in perspective.. I love your writing style. It all speaks to my heart. I wish your family nothing but the very best.

  2. Susan Duguid says:

    What an inspirational story Michael and you have! and your kids! I have a friend, someone from NZ who was my flatmate many years ago in Vancouver. She now is battling colon cancer in Seattle. I bought a ticket for her to join me in seeing my favorite rock band: King and Country taking the city of Everett, Wa. by storm.: sold out concert, hotels sold out x 3 weeks due to “the concert”. I drove down from Port Moody, BC. The woman sitting next to me high up in the stands, said, “You drove all the way down from Canada??!”. Only 5 hours, 2 of them at the border, I only live an hour north of the longest, most peaceful land border on the planet, I am quite sure in Ontario, you can relate. My friend did a back flip due to pulling weeds, and landed against her son’s trampoline one level down on Mother’s so instead of being at the concert with me, she was post-op surgery for her shoulder. I feel so upset for her, she is left handed. That is why I don’t garden, it is such as dangerous extra-curricular activity. Sending her and Michael tremendous thoughts of healing!!

  3. Keri says:

    Dear Michael and Lynne, you are totally an inspiration to so many. Your love and energy is contagious and a wonderful thing to behold. I have one suggestion for your care boxes. I know that there are many alternative energy healers who do offer free treatments for either the person experiencing the dis – ease or the care giver. If you could liaise with one in the area that the box is going you could potentially put in a gift certificate for free treatment. Just a thought. Sending lots of healing energy to all!!

  4. Jenya Balog says:

    Hello Michael and Lynn! I am so happy I have found your page as I lost contact with you when I left Diamond yarn almost 2 years ago! I just wanted to let you know that I wish Michael to have strength and courage to fight this cancer! You are such positive people and when I look at your pictures there is nothing but smiles! Keeping all of your family in good thoughts and prayers! Wishing you all the best! Jenya

  5. Diane says:

    Hi Michael and Lynne
    I just want to say that most of my life I have been surrounded by beautiful people and this includes both of you. How wonderful it is to hear Michael talk in the way he does about his Cancer (pig shittin thing!) Sorry, but I say a lot of things that are unacceptable in this world, I just don’t care anymore I should say what I feel. I am a lady (defo-not) of some years, Oh lets be honest about this my next birthday I will be 70 but not an old foagy 70 a very young one and I love your attitude to life and everything living. Life is for living and doing the best with what you have left. I have been surrounded all my life in someway, shape or form with a dreaded illness but have always looked on the bright side of life, I have had to and I never give up – dedo dedum dedo dedo (Like in the life of Brian ha! ha!):- My Dad God bless him, had an aortic anurism, my Mom had Lymphoma and suffered and neither are with us today, but I loved them both and realised I did not have it so bad in the 50’s even though we did not have much. Our friend now T has spinal cancer and it is spreading fast but we keep his spirits up even though he is in a wheel chair, our dear friend W, she has breast cancer and my youngest son whom I loved so much as I do my eldest, God Bless him he was tormented by bully boys and girls and ended up hanging himself in 2018 and no mother should be burying their child before themselves, there are some really nice people but also hateful people who bully and do not think, I hate bullying and always have done and I have fought them long and hard and won in my case, because it happened to me! My Nephew has a rare thing called Sarcoidosis which has no cure and he is young, my Sis in Law older than me has a rare form of Leukimia and me wel,l I am OK except for a heart problem which I want to get fixed if God will let me do that! I have a very loyal and loving husband and I thank God I have him, he is lovely and very hard working. So you see some of us are born to help heal and others are born just to have the illnesses. My Husbands dad lived till he was 94 and he was a brilliant man too! We have an Aunty who is 105!!! Love them all and I send them well being healing wishes to all of them, including your Michael! I am sure if he has a smile on his face Lynne this above all else will get him through life!!!

    but I did!

    • Hi Diane,
      Wow, you do sound like you have a ton on your plate too.. and yet, you are filled with love and gratitude. So beautiful. I hope I have as much ‘get up and go’ 🙂 as you do when I’m 70. LOVE. I’m only 15 years behind you… and I also believe that you should say what you think and how you feel …especially about the pig shittin’ cancer. LOL.

      Born to heal… just like you…

      Lynne xx

  6. Auntiepatch says:

    I’m here for you, my friend!
    That is one strong hunk of a man you have! And your offspring are just as strong as their parents. I have all of you in my prayers.
    Please give that sweet hunk a big hug from me. Tell him to Kick Cancer’s Butt! If anyone can do it, Michael can! (shaking my pom-poms!)

    All my love –
    Auntiepatch =^..^=

  7. Peggy Sisson says:

    Hi Lynn
    the very best wishes to you and Michael.My husband was a Michael to.He had stage 4 Colon cancer. I lost him 4years
    Ago. I know how difficult it is for you…My heart is broken but I’m so very grateful for the 35 years we had together.. He was the love of my life… Stay Strong and all my best!!!!!!

    • Hi Peggy… I’m sending you the very best massive {{hug}}. xx Thank you for your kind words and oh my goodness, that is soooo heartbreaking about your husband. It must feel so difficult. As we walk through the forest of grief for those that we have lost, I sometimes think that time doesn’t make grieving easier, grief just changes. Because the love stays the same as time goes by.

      I am so happy you had the love of your life, in your life, for 35 years. So beautiful.

      And I’m so very sorry for your loss.

      Big love, Lynne xx

  8. Denise says:

    Here’s my wee low tech suggestion for merch. How about a set of lovely pillow cases printed with the days of the week? You know you forget what day it is ….. ( and you will really get mixed up in the morning!!) But …. at least you can put your head down on a nice fresh pillow and be thankful for something that day – it could be a gratitude reminder??!!??

  9. Kim says:

    I met Michael 17 years ago when he was consulting with Covey. He has such a presence about him, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that he is a source of light and love that is rising above cancer. It’s surreal that I’m writing you to say thank you for a wake up call that I need.

    I lost my uncle to it a year ago. A dear family friend years before. I’ve seen it test families beyond what I imagine is humanly possible to endure. And while it appears on the surface that Cancer won…..it didn’t. It doesn’t have a chance against a family as strong as yours.

    I’m thanking God that you are speaking so loudly from the depth of your heart and soul. You see the female role models I have had endured it, quietly for years.

    So meeting Michael has come full circle and I am going to be changed.

    I appreciate the ideas you have about experiences to express care and support for families.
    My thought now is:
    what if the biggest gift you could offer is helping families talk about the impact of cancer, to the person who has it and their loved one’s.
    A friend of mine started the “You Matter” movement. It may give you some ideas about how to get your message out.
    Your family is extraordinary. I am with and for you. God bless Michael!

    The people

  10. Marla M says:

    Sending soooo much love, light, courage and healing vibes your way ❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

  11. Jennifer says:

    Make sure Michael wears those shit-kickers every time he goes in for treatment. Prayers to all of you and keep your spirits up. You are such an amazing family and I’ve thought of you often since first following your blog. In your toughest times know that we all are out here, lifting you up. Someday I’ll get out that way and rent that treehouse! I’d love to sit down and have a glass of wine with you…

    • Hi Jennifer! hahaahaha That is so funny about his shit-kickers, isn’t it? He is a force of a fashion statement foshurrrr. LOL LOL LOL. Thank you for looking out for us, cheering us on from the sidelines, and hanging in through thick and thin. We really appreciate the gorgeous support. THANK YOU! xx And yes! You must come see the treehouse some day. Where the drinks are strong and the wifi is weak. LOL. Big love, Lynne xx

  12. Kathryn Gordon says:

    Hi Lynne and Michael, I have met you (at Paula’s celebration of life) but I feel like I know you well from reading your blogs. You both are the real deal. I am so sorry that cancer is rearing it’s ugly head again. Lynne, you have such a creative mind…I am awestruck by it. If there is any way I can help, please let me know.

    Best wishes to you both and your family.

    With love and admiration,


    • Hi Kathryn,

      You are so beautiful.. thanks for your note… and I’m so glad you took to the time to leave a comment on the blog.

      What a day that was for Paulas celebration of life, wasn’t it? Paula is in my heart for always. She sure touched so many lives, didn’t she? Funny story for you… because hey… we have to find the funny in cancer sometimes, non? LOL…

      Paula called me one day to tell me that she had cancer. She was always so caring about Michael, and we had had many cancer talks before. She said ” Lynne, I want to talk to you about the big C. I have a problem with the big C ” I was so shocked, I responded with “Paula, someone called you the big C word?!” We both roared laughing and I how I could confuse those things. LOL LOL LOL. Then we laughed about how often I wore Northern Reflections clothes when we first met. With matching earrings. hahahaha. She sure knew how to find the funny in things!!

      She is a force that will always be so sadly missed. Thank you soooo much for letting me know that you are here, reading the blog and sending love.

      Lynne xx

  13. Hi Lynne and Michael and family,
    What sticks out to me is your positivity throughout this. That is definitely your message I think. And I do believe you/you’ll give others hope in the face of such diversity or for those complaining about basic simple life struggles, (some sometimes-needed), reality-check, perspectives! So tapping into that part of it somehow, sharing that wise, insight and spreading the word, offering hope for those experiencing the same thing, offering perspective to those complaining about the daily grind and sharing your gift of love to those who may need it. Like Michael says, Brene Brown sort of idea, and I also think of Gary Vee @garyvee on instagram, etc. Adding small 30 second snippets of adivce on Instagram/IGTV perhaps – because lets face it – long videos – people and time, it’s sometimes hard to sit down for longer than that in this world of so much noise. I would definitely tune in! Big love and healing healing vibes times a billion to you.

    • Hi Jan!

      I love that idea! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. You’re right, it is hard for peeps to tune in for long (myself included), since the internet causes us to have the patience of a fruit fly. haha. True tho, right? Little snippets are also less pressure, and easier to create (in my own head, anyway) But my thinking could be crazier than a twirly straw.

      PS. I can’t believe I took so long to respond to your beautiful comment. Where did December go, exactly? It zoomed by.

      Sending you so much love and admiration. And I hope, I reallllllly hope, that we get to meet in real life some day. We have been connected for so many years, and I love that.

      BIG HUG!
      Lynne xx

  14. Cheri W says:

    Oh Amazing Lynne and Amazing Family – how do I even put into words all the feels I have for you all. I’ve been following you for quite a few years now, I don’t even remember I found you, but I’m so grateful I did. How is it that cyberspace allows us all to feel like family and that if I saw you on the street I could hug you.? I’m in awe of the strength you all possess as you travel side by side through this fu#*ing quagmire of the unknowns. I wish I had great meaningful words of wisdom that could provide you with some sort of solace. But what I do have is an overwhelming love and admiration for you and your family. You’re the kind of warriors I would want on my side were I to be going through the unknowns. You are in my thoughts and always in my heart. I love you all.

    • Hi Cheri,

      THANK YOU for saying that out loud. The number one allllll time fave thing I love about having this blog…is exactly what you put into words. It’s a beautiful thing that we all connect over the interwebs and we become one big family. I have so much love and respect for the beautiful souls ( LIKE YOU!!) that surround us, lift us up and help us to keep going. Words are powerful, and your words mean so much. THANKS again for being so kickass and for following along, sticking with us, and sending the love.

      Loving you right back
      Lynne, Michael and our fam jam xo

  15. Debbie says:

    Please check into Chris Wark’s website and book called Chris Beat Cancer! He is a 15 year cancer survivor with so much knowledge to share about his cancer journey. He refused to do the traditional treatment and went with a plant based diet. I am reading all about it myself since I was recently diagnosed with cancer. You will love all the research he has done about everything cancer related. https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/ I wish all the best to your husband and your whole family! Only God can wipe out all the wrong on the earth today!

    • Debbie !! Thank you sooooo very much! I just dove deep into the Chris Beat Cancer website and love it. We switched up our diet a couple of years ago too, and he is right, it makes a MASSIVE difference. I love his juicing ideas too, and he loves Berkey Water Filters ( our all time fave!). So basically, he may be our new bestie. haha. You d’best for sharing.

      Thanks again x

  16. Kristin Ryan says:

    Holy shit, guys! My life is richer because we got to share an evening around a campfire with you two…and if I can help you with ANYTHING in this next chapter of your adventure through this mess, I’m in.
    Much love to you both, and to your amazing kiddos. Arms around you both.

    • Kristin !!!

      Oh you beautiful thing, how have YOU been? We think about you all the time, and are sending the good healing vibes your way! You and Mike are so fab, and we can’t wait until our road tripping paths cross again some day. Hope you are enjoying the sticks + bricks, airstream and grandbabies along the way. If YOU need anything, just shout. Arms around you both too.

      Love ya girly!
      Lynne xx

  17. Nicola says:

    So this may only appeal to people who have a dark sense of humor like me but my mum & I talk about writing a book called ‘The benefits of Cancer’ detailing all the up sides – not having to pay for haircuts, waxing etc, being able to eat as much as you want (she has stomach cancer), being able to play the cancer card when you don’t want to attend a meeting, function etc. Obviously it’s a joke but could make people going through shit smile for a few minutes.

    • OMG Nicola, you crack me up on alllll levels of cracking up and I love it !! Write that book. haha!! There are absolutely some benefits. Like…. hotels that discount your stays for hospital visits ( I’m such a hotel floozy, I love it when someone else makes my bed LOL). Michael and I really love our hospital date days in the city sooooo much, that when it comes to doctor visits and chemo… we are like, wait… start the car.. we need to run out of the restaurant, it is hospital time. hahahaha!

      Buying your book STAT, the second it comes out. teehee
      Big love,
      Lynne x

  18. Sandy Dulmage says:

    How about ” Laughter is the best Medicine” ..joke books, funny stories. List of funny movies, & comedians that can be found on Netflix or YouTube. Maybe it will become like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

    • Hiya Mom,
      I love how you can find the funny in all the bits in between. I wonder where I get that from? haha. I’ve been watching Schitts Creek on Netflix and it is, legit, cracking me up on the daily. Great idea to make a list! We can add that into our care kit!

      Love you x

  19. Inspired by you amazing humans every day. Sending you more positive vibes than can ever be put into words.

    • Movi !!! Rachael !!!

      Do you think I’ll ever stop calling you Movi? LOL. I love you. That is all. The end. Okay bye. I just sounded like a total weirdo. I promise, I’m drinking coffee and not tequila.

      Lynne xx

  20. Craig says:

    Many times I’ve been alone
    And many times I’ve cried
    Anyway you’ll never no
    The many times I’ve tried….
    And still they lead me back
    to the “Long And Winding Road“ …
    I got lucky, 25 years and counting
    I lost my younger sister 10 years ago to “C”
    It’s Life… It’s Messy… It’s Wonderful…
    …and in the end, The Love you take
    is equal to the Love you make… ❤️
    ps… ( I may have referenced the Beatles once or twice… 🎶🤫)
    ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🙏🏻

    • Craig!

      I love your tunes. You know I do 🙂

      I’m so sorry that the Big C took your sis. Wtf? Not right. And 25 years lucky sounds pretty freaking beautiful.

      Keep playing those tunes.


  21. Kelley says:

    Words are inadequate. I’m deeply sorry you and Michael and your family have to face all of this. Like so many others, I’m here and I care. Holding you all close in my heart.

  22. Melanie Janke says:

    I love the idea of having a cancer care kit that you can give to someone. I have just reached my 5th year surviving Stage 4 colon cancer, and even though I have relegated the trauma to history, the details of the battle are still very clear in my head. The term “cancer journey” is such a stupid one – it sounds like you’re looking out the window from The Orient Express. The battle with cancer is draining, tedious, and soul-sucking for the patient as well as closest loved ones. You feel like death., Here are my suggestions for items to include in a care kit: a lightweight, soft blanket (yes, adults need blankies, too) top grade travel shampoo for hospital staysl, a coloring book (when chemo fuzzes your mind), ear plugs to drown out the noise of the machines. Michael you are in my prayers.

    • Melanie!

      Five year survivor… * I’m running towards you, arms up in air, and giving you the biggest fat hug ever!!!* Thanks so freaking awesome! You are a champ! I love love love love your suggestions for the care kit. Did I mention that I love them? BRILLIANT. They are now at the top of my hot list for the care kit.

      Big love to you,
      *f that journey 🙂
      Lynne xx

  23. Jenny & Ken Rose says:

    Our worlds have intersected a few times over social media but we have never met. My husband, Ken, has stage 4 Glioblastoma (brain cancer – think Gord Downey of the Tragically Hip). We were told in March 2016 that he would be lucky to see another 12 months. And yet, like Michael, he has surpassed all the odds set before him. Life is brutal and beautiful all at the same time. We send you all so much love and good energy. Happy to join you in this journey. Together is always better. Sign us up!

    • Hi Jenny!

      I love your notes in social media (the squares of instagram are pretty dang beautiful for connecting us all, aren’t they? x) and I am so very grateful that you take the time to write to me. Glioblastoma is a fucktard and I hope and pray with all my heart and soul with positive vibes, healing, love, kindness, gratefulness and all around goodness….for you and your family. Every.Single.Day.

      Together, we can get through this.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  24. Leigh says:

    I’ve followed your website, blog, pinterest, etc. for many years. Basically I’m your stalker. I’ve been inspired, delighted, and sad. You make me laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time) AND my favorite word is Fuck. It suits so many situations, especially cancer.
    My beautiful, brave daughter, Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago at age 39. The grace, courage and resilience she has shown reminds me of your Michael. I am in awe of them and the many others dealt this hand. I would love to be a part of helping others in their fight.
    Hold those around you tight, including yourself.

    • Oh goodness Leigh, you sound beautiful. You can be my stalker any day of the week 🙂 Cancer just needs to fuck off already. Right? Right.

      I may sound like a total weirdo here ( like that is a big surprise hahaha) but it feels so nice to hear that my words have some impact in your life. I just throw them on the page, and never know where they may land… what difference it can all make (if my words can make any difference at all)… but I HOPE that something good can come from them… and you just reaffirmed that.

      So this weirdo says thanks.
      Sending so much love to you and gorgeous healing to your daughter Jen. She sounds incredible. Just.Like.You.

      Big love,
      Lynne x

  25. Shari Hosaki says:

    Lynn, You were so kind to me when 2 years ago my niece (then 26) was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and I needed to cancel my treehouse reservation. Well, it is back. And at 28, she has stage 4 metastatic cancer. She is a warrior, just like Michael and she has more strength than anyone I know. She has two small children and we are fighting a custody battle with a man who has no compassion. But she shines everyday and finds a way to find gratitude. I admire her, just as I admire you, Michael and your children for your incredible strength of character to fight this monster and get up to find the beauty in every day. I wish you all continued strength, love and beautiful sunrises. I want to help your CANCERvive movement. Please use me. You are truly an inspiration. Xoxo

    • Hi Shari!

      Ohhhh I’m so happy I could help in some small way. The treehouse was the gem that connected us, so there… something good came from it all. I really hope you get here some day and CELEBRATE the strength of your niece, you, and everyone around her. Metastatic cancer is a mofo on all levels of mofo. It needs to be punched right square between the eyes and knock its lights out. Can you tell that I am going through a bit of an angry phase at cancer right now? 🙂 Seriously tho. Cancer is such bullshit and hope your niece continues to shine through the darkness. She sounds like a rock star.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  26. Carolyn Rowland says:

    My husband has stage 4 Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia which is the sister disease to Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. My dad died from NHL. I fucking hate cancer. I am an RN and have cared for patients for 35+ years. Cancer has no boundaries. I would love to help in any way I can. Did I mention I F-ing hate cancer??

    • Hi Carolyn,

      First, I have to say… you are a BEAUTIFUL SOUL. We have such incredible, beautiful, mad respect for health care professionals.. and especially the RNs. Thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times to the moon and back again. You are so loved.


      THANK YOU for taking care of so many people around you. That job takes a special soul, and you are it.

      I fucking hate cancer too. My uncle had Lymphocytic Leukemia and my Dad died from NHL too. Walking through that wilderness of grief must be so hard for you. So I am sending you a massive {{ HUG }} … and I wish it was a mountain of hugs.

      We will connect again. I know it.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  27. Madeleine says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I have followed your blog for a while now, girl you crack me up. I have a kindness project, I leave hidden messages everywhere. Normally I ask people to keep my little gift and pay it forward with another act of kindness, I would love to be part of your movement, and use your #weCANcervive, but most importantly what kind of “message”, “wish” or “intention” would you ask for?. By this I mean, imagine you ask a random person to close their eyes and send an intention back to the universe, back to you, what would it be?. We are all connected somehow, this time, we will stream that love back to your family.

    • Madeleine!
      Thank you so much for writing to me! I love love love love your #KindnessRock … those mandalas are gorgy gorgeous … and what a sweet thing to do! My wish is that those who are touched by cancer can survive, thrive, live, love and feel our HUG of compassion and caring. Well, wait. That was a lot of wishes.

      I’m kind of demanding on the wish department. My wish is for something GOOD to happen to a cancer patient / loved ones /friends / family … something positive, kind and loving … cancer takes so much, let’s surround it with love.

      Okay. I’m done with my wish demands now. LOL.

      You are beautiful. That is all. xoxo

  28. Sam B says:

    Cancer Sucks. No doubt about it. Perhaps the Australian Charity – Love Your Sister – might give you some ideas that could be incorporated into your plan. Samuel Johnson is a legend who has basically put his life on hold to fundraise for cancer since his sister’s diagnosis and death but he brings a lot of light to people too along the way (as do you) and they have merchandise and the Fuck Cancer Bank. Good luck.

  29. Lisa says:

    I have followed your blog for many years and you always inspire, delight, make me laugh and cry. You are like the friend that doesn’t get mad at me cause I haven’t called in a long time so, thanks for that!
    I am so sorry for you and your family. It’s bullshit to the nth degree that we have to fight daily to keep cancer at bay and I don’t know any family who isn’t going thru it….mine included. Please know that you Lynne and Michael and your kids are in my prayers. I am sorry and grateful that you are sharing your path with us in cyber land, your words help to take the focus off ‘me’ and redirect to ‘us’. 💕

  30. Jen j says:

    Hello, your trust in God and your love for Michael is a shining light.In gods’ plam,you play a big role in caring for him and God will gide you down that road towards giving Michael a life of love with you and fill your hearts with the strength of hope.

    I am a chemotherapy and cancer survivor,I am not mad,i am not mad because God created the doctors’ knowledge that saved my life.
    god watches over all of us and already knows the care you give Michael is blessed and you have the strength for it
    May God keep you safe and the Angel’s place the loving comfort of their wings around michael..

  31. Susan Fletcher says:

    Your strength, courage and love are astounding. Having seen my mother die of colon cancer over a 2 year period, I can relate to the challenges of seing a loved one suffer.
    In terms of input on paying it forward, I wonder whether an established organization like Wellspring https://wellspring.ca/ or Gilda’s Place https://gildasclubtoronto.org/ would have ideas?S

  32. We have been in the cancer trenches with you. Hubby had stage 4 colon cancer and was supposed to have five years of “low dose” chemo. We finally put our foot down at the four and a half year mark. None of us know what life will bring. All we can do is savor every moment, live and love hard and depart with no regrets.

    You probably already have someone, but I’m a graphic designer. If there’s any assistance I can provide with branding, design, email campaigns, social media, please let me know. I will donate all of my work in honor of your husband and mine!

  33. Kate says:

    Well nah nah nah boo boo!! Lucky me I don’t have anyone in my life going through this or know anyone experiencing this at this moment!

    But I’ve come to know you and your family through the wonders of cyberspace and couldn’t be happier making your acquaintance! You don’t know me from shit ( pardon my French ).
    You have made me laugh, cry, wonder and love harder. But, this isn’t about Me!!
    It’s about you and Michael’s fight and your sweet loving family fighting this fight together. The only things that I can do or offer to help is all I gots!! But it’s yours in any shape or form!! My heart is full of love and support from afar for each one of you. Life is wonderful but it also sucks shitballs!

    • Holy smack dab, Kate!! I feel like you may be my sista from another mista. You are soooo freaking sweet. And lucky! You don’t know anyone with cancer or experiencing cancer? You should get in the record books of awesome life. Jelly! :)))) xxo

      I’m so happy to make your acquaintance too. And you speak my s*hit f*bomb language too?! Pardon my French. haha.

      Thank you for your offer to help. This takes love … and a whole lot of it… so I think you have everything it takes.

      BIG LOVE!
      Lynne xx

  34. Fannie V says:

    You know she is!! 100000000% And she would just love so much that we are in touch with each other. I know I’m not right next door…but I’m close enough that I can be there for whatever you need.

    • Fooooooosure! xoxoxoxo She’s there every step of the way. Probably dropping f-bombs on cancer right now, for all of us. Thank you. You are so beautifully special and kind. Thanks for having our back x

  35. Cynthia S says:

    Dearest Friends!
    I have survived only because of a miracle.I am going to pray for you both daily. “No weapons formed against you shall prosper. “ We must surrender to the Lord ,it is out of our hands,Give it to Him! I know about the fear, the anger,the injustice of the whole /((&+/thing!
    I bless you from the top of your head to the soles of your feet with glowing health!! On your behalf we do not claim this cancer but rebuke it in the name of Christ Jesus.!!!!
    Oh, how I wishI could say something to help you. I only have the words in my soul to share.

    I love you….and so does our Heavenly Father. You are in my prayers.

  36. Jane says:

    Thank you for letting us into your world. I had melanoma in my 20s and did not know enough to be afraid. Now I’m in my 60s and I know I’m lucky. So far. You provide an example of how to deal with terrible adversity. Thank God for our medical system, and I remember you in my prayers.

    • Thank you Jane, for your beautiful words and prayers. We are soooo very grateful. Melanoma in your 20’s? Holy batman, that is young. So happy you survived it and WOW! You go gal! Thriving through the cancer… amazeballs!!! LOVE ! Big love! Lynne x

  37. Fannie V. says:


    Love to all of you. Completely relate. Not many people use the term “horse shit” My dad uses it a LOT. He uses it to describe a shitty call during a game he’s watching…if the mailman is late…and to describe his cancer and all he’s been through. So girl friend…I totally agree….this is all horse shit. I’m here sending love and light to you and Michael and cannot wait for the day I get to give you both a big, fat, Greek hug!!!!! xoxooxoxo

    • Fannie!!! OMG, I love your Dad already. Thanks for alllll the love, my friend! BIG LOVE to you and your fam jam. BIG BIG BIG LOVE. Dana would be so proud of all of us, wouldn’t she? Horseshit and all. haha. xo Lynne