After cancer treatment, I had to walk away from my life as I knew it

“After cancer treatment, I had to walk away from my life as I knew it,” by Sonja Koenig, The Globe and Mail.

Sonja Koenig lives in Yellowknife. She just completed a year’s sabbatical in New York.

It is back there somewhere in the morass of it all; the decision I made to just walk away and abandon life as I knew it for a year. There was no deferred salary arrangement with my employer, no years of careful planning and no great ambition for world travel. There was just me, thick with the layers of all those years.

That disease that could have killed me back in 2010 had not; but oooh, breast cancer can whoop one but good. And while they save you with their chemotherapy, their surgery and their radiation, it is far from the end. For years after, they continue to slice and dice, taking every last womanly piece – all of it gone in the name of prevention – and you watch the body and face in the mirror morph into that of a stranger. Thirty extra pounds and ribbons of scars; a highway toward a lost self.

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