I am diagnosed advanced Stage IV ROS1+ lung cancer 3.5 years ago at the age of 50 years old. Thanks for Targeted Therapy, my disease is under control. I am a cancer advocate to raise the awareness of lung cancer. Before I was sick, I was a professor in Mechanical Engineering.
I’m writing about three of my dearest friend whose lives have been taken too soon by lung cancer. The only thing I can do is keep advocating until we can conquer (lung) cancer. Please see https://lungcancer.net/living/the-memory-part-1
We took a trip to San Diego and just got back on Christmas. We went from the extremely cold weather (-20-30 degrees C) of my hometown to the summer-like in San Diego (15 degrees C). We visited our younger son who is doing his P.hD. in San Diego, and our daughter also came to visit her brother. We had a wonderful vacation.
The more travel I do, the more beauty I see, and the more GRATEFUL I am.
I used to be quite confident about my mental health since I was young and I could self-adjust mentally if anything went wrong, at least I thought. Also, I’m aware of the stigma toward mental health issues. Therefor, I stayed away from psychology and psycho-oncology. As I was diagnosed with lung cancer for more than seven years, I was not sure anymore. Maybe I need a psychologist. This is my journey to understand psycho-oncology. https://lungcancer.net/living/psycho-oncology
This is one of the scenes from my alma mater. Pictured by Yin Bai (印白）
I attended a formal Tea Party for the first time yesterday, not to mention it’s Manitoban’s largest Tea Party. It’s called “Guardian Angel Benefit for Women Cancer.” Here are some Tea Party organizers’ words about the event.
“For more than three decades, the Guardian Angels have been raised funds to support advancements in treatment and patient care…”
“The theme this year is to celebrate hope and wellness.”
“All funds raised through today’s event support research into life-altering cancers, clinical trials, and the best possible physical and emotional care for women with cancer in our province.”
“Nothing brings people from all walks of life together like tea. Tea provides comfort.”
We spent most of the time in Montreal with our daughter. In Montreal, I visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the labs at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the University of Montreal. Last but the least, we tried different cuisines.
Montreal Museum of Fine Art
One thing that impressed me is that Montreal people like to go to museums. This time was not exceptional, and I’ve not seen so many people in the museum. The highlight of this visit is Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music, which is“the first large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition devoted to the role of music in the work of one of the most innovative artists of the second half of the 20th century”. The artist isJean-Michel Basquiat from New York, but his work didn’t speak to me. Classical art, impressionism and early modern art echo better with me.
Research Labs at U of Montreal
I’m involved in a Canadian Cancer Society Breakthrough Grant Application by the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the University of Montreal. It’s a large research project which has basic research and clinical research. I’m honoured to be one of the grant applicants. Here are pictures of visiting two labs.
As usual, we explored different cuisines, tried two restaurants’ Iranian food and Greek food and, interestingly, tried several Jewish foods.
My husband and I visited our daughter in Montreal, QC, who is doing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Meanwhile, I visited the labs at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the University of Montreal because I’m involved in their current research project. We also visited Ottawa, ON, for several days. The trip took us about 12 days, and many activities were happening. I made a photo diary of the trip. This is Part I.
I visited Ottawa, ON, many times for work before I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I’m always admiring Ottawa because it’s not a mega-city like Toronto, but it has all that the big cities can offer, such as museums, art galleries, concerts, sceneries, cuisines…
It was at the end of autumn. From Montreal to Ottawa, it takes two hours by car. For the first time in almost 30+ years, I enjoyed and truly appreciated the colour of the fall of Canada.
National Gallery of Canada
One place I have always visited is the National Gallery of Canada. This is the first time I have come to Ottawa since I have lung cancer. The Gallery evoked a lot of memory.
The first time I visited Parliament Hill was almost 30 years ago. At the time, we visited the parliament inside and out, but the atmosphere was totally different this time. Firstly, Parliament Hill is not accessible due to repair. Secondly, there are three demonstrations, one for handicapped people, one for abortion and the third for some men shouting about some language (English or French) issue. However, we went around Parliament Hill, viewing the beautiful scenery around Ottawa.
The hotel we lived in was excellent both at night and daytime. It has all the advantages, and it’s connected to a Casino. It’s super luxurious and waterfront.
I attended IASLC/WCLC2022, also called World Lung Conference 2022, from August 6th to 9th in Vienna, Austria. I would like to talk about my experience with the difference between the WCLC and engineering conferences based on my observation and how I adapted to WCLC2022. https://lungcancer.net/living/attending-wclc2022
I’m a city slicker, not a cottage goer, but my husband and I spent much time at our cottage this summer. We closed our cottage last week, and here are some pictures which help me remember the sweet summer.