Jenesis: living beyond ovarian cancer

Jennifer Hollington

My story of living beyond ovarian cancer.

[2024-07-22] Choosing a lane

Some weeks ago, I was driving home in the evening. It was just after 8:00 PM—the sun had set, but there was still light in the sky. As the two lanes opened up to three, I took the third lane. Seconds later, a car turned right on the red light, slowly e...

[2024-07-21] Challenging assumptions

A friend recently sent me an interesting article about Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who is described as "the most famous Black female scientist in the United Kingdom." Her achievements are numerous and varied:She has worked on many space-technology projects, ...

[2024-07-20] Saturday Synopsis #105

Today, I exchanged a container of homemade chocolate chip cookies for several bras that I will need following my breast reconstruction surgery next month. A kind friend passed along the bras she used when she had breast reconstruction surgery more than...

[2024-07-19] Transitioning to life after work

I had lunch with a friend today. Like many of my former colleagues, she is on the cusp of retirement. We talked about the challenges that a lot of people experience when transitioning to life after work. She spoke of one friend who is hesitating to ret...

[2024-07-18] You will make them better

On our lunchtime walk today, Mel and I ran into a woman who was trying to engage her granddaughter by pointing at a flag flying in front of a school. I joined the grandmother in drawing the girl's attention to the flag, using simple language. Almost a...

[2024-07-17] Join me in supporting Ovarian Cancer Canada's Walk of Hope

In 2020, I was one of approximately 3,000 Canadians diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Every year since then, another 3,000 people have received this same shocking news. When first diagnosed, I turned to the Internet, despite having been advised not to G...

[2024-07-16] Showing gratitude

Lots of good things happened today. Running into one of my first cousins at a store. Having lunch with my sister-in-law. Finding helpful people at my local library. Congratulating my son on his reaching a 600-day streak in Duolingo. Having my little ne...

[2024-07-15] 700 days of learning

While volunteering at Bluesfest last week, I struck up a conversation with a fellow volunteer who was sitting beside me in Volunteer Check-in. I learned that she was originally from Spain, and our discussion quickly turned to one focused on languages. ...

[2024-07-14] Family history: Sarah Allen

My 6th great-grandmother was Sarah Allen, born in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1692 to Edward Allen and Mercy Painter. She was one of 112 people taken captive by French and Indigenous forces from New France, who attacked the New England town on Februar...

[2024-07-13] Saturday Synopsis #104

Tonight, as I read through posts from a year ago this week—encompassing the day of my bilateral mastectomy and the subsequent recovery days—I was reminded of the challenges of surgery. But I was also reminded of the body's remarkable capacity to heal. ...