15 Random things about me

In a post last week, Nancy challenged fellow cancer bloggers to write 15 random things about themselves. I think this is such a great way to help demonstrate how cancer bloggers are not just about the disease – we are people too – but also it provides a great way for us to connect on a more personal level. It allows us to see what other things we might have in common. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the random things about Nancy, Elissa, Beth, MarieRebecca

1. My closest online friend is someone I have never (not yet at least) met in person – but I’ll get a chance to meet her when we both attend a conference in Manchester UK in September. She was the first friend I told about my diagnosis. She has been one of my best confidants throughout this experience.

2. I’m a bit of an exercise junkie, but you would never know it to look at me 🙁 … I don’t look like someone who is fit … but I do love to ride long distances …

3. I’m an extrovert but I love working from home. I love the social aspects of being in an office, but I hate the constraints of 9-to-5 and the noise/disruption means I find it difficult to do any meaningful work.

4. I sucked at English in school. It was by far my worst subject. I find this particularly amusing as I have since worked professionally as a technical writer (and I’m pretty good at it!).

5. I actively blog on three different blogs – here, my academic blog (http://rjh.goingeast.ca) and my travel blog (http://goingeast.ca).

6. I’ve travelled around the world twice – first as a business trip back in the days when Nortel made money. In my first career, as a project manager at Nortel I delivered a sales training in Maidenhead UK, Beijing China, then Sydney Australia. That was back in the day when high tech companies paid for business class seats on airplanes! I spent my weeks teaching and my weekends on planes. I was exhausted when I got home after three weeks. My second trip around the world involved no airplanes, and much of it was done on a recumbent bicycle – it was also were I started blogging more seriously – http://goingeast.ca/blog

7. I have crossed the three major oceans (Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific) as a passenger on a container ship. I’d love to do this again one day (assuming my health allows for it). It was a great way to cross the ocean and rest up before hitting the open road again.

8. I started my undergrad as a physics major. I somehow ended up starting university without knowing what an engineer was! In my world, and engineer was the person who ran the engine room on a ship (more like a mechanic for boats). I had no idea that engineering as a career was the practical leg of physics.

9. I have a completely irrational fear of accidentally jumping off of bridges. Not falling off, jumping off. Like something will happen in the sudden moment as I cross a bridge that will cause me to jump off when I didn’t mean to.

10. I grew up in a small town that doesn’t exist anymore – see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemano – it was perhaps one the prettiest places on earth.

11. I love being out in nature – I’m not sure if I could live in nature unless it had a high speed internet connection – but being out in nature and especially places with big trees, recharges me.

12. I identify as a Unitarian Universalist. I was quite active in the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa for about 10 years. We haven’t really been able to find a spiritual home here in California, but I still identify as a UU, even if I don’t actively go to a UU church.

13. I love to cook and entertain. One of the things I miss the most about being in this small apartment in California is that I cannot have people over for dinner (we don’t have the space to host more than one person). I used to love hosting dinner parties – cooking for many people. We used to do a Turkish Breakfast fundraiser, where I’d make a whole bunch of different treats from my travels to the Middle East. Wish I could do that again.

14. I love being a traveller rather than a tourist. I’m not fussy on all those touristy type things. I’m so glad that when I go to the UK in September, I’m going to be staying in a couple of people’s homes – not just hotels. Seeing how people live really helps to better appreciate the culture they live in.

15. I never thought I’d ever go on a 10 mile hike, never mind walk 32.5 miles in two days! I’m so looking forward to being able to do more long walks (once my shin splints heal). This opens up the door to so many more places where I could hike!

16. (one more) … I love taking selfies. I’ve even contemplated getting a selfie stick. I, apparently, even enjoyed taking selfies when I was a child! Check this one out:

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This has been a fun post … I encourage any of my readers to jump and join the 15 random things about yourself challenge!



  • Becky


  • Becky, first of all, I LOVE the selfie! Good job! I enjoyed reading and learning more about you. What an amazing life you have led so far. Your travel resume is impressive, and I admire that. I’m sorry your apartment is too small for entertaining. I also love entertaining, but I have a small house, so I can only entertain my daughter’s friend and the friend’s parents. You write so beautifully, it’s hard to believe you did poorly in English. Loved this post. Thank you for sharing cool things about your life!

  • Hi Becky, Thank you for participating in this challenge. What an amazing list you put together. Great fun to learn these things about you. I had no idea! lol Just kidding. And I love that selfie too.

  • I love that we share the same first name! You have had quite an exciting travel life. I wish I could travel, especially to Australia and New Zealand but I need to save for that. And try to get used to the idea that I will be inside a plane for hours. I dislike planes.

    One of my biggest fears is falling, however, I am thinking of going skydiving. Because it is important for me to face my fear and overcoming them. And letting go! We shall see. It sounds doable while I am touching the ground.

    Like Beth mentioned, I think you write very well too. I am surprised English was not your subject in school. It wasn’t mine either! But I moved to this country when I was 14 and did not speak ANY English. The transition wasn’t fun.

    You looked very sweet as a young girl.

    Thank you for sharing some things about yourself and for reading my list. I enjoyed learning more about you. xoxo

  • I love that this is the first breast cancer blog post that I’m responding to. What an exciting life you live! I’m newly diagnosed (3 weeks ago) decided on double mastectomy with reconstruction. I’ve been feeling very weighted and depressed because all I can think about is breast cancer and how drastically my life is going to change. So yesterday I was on a mission to find something lite, uplifting and hopefully humorous about having breast cancer. (How annoying is it that every time I type in breast the auto correct makes it say breastfeeding! Breast is a real stand alone word!)
    15 things about me:
    1. Mom of 3 boys. 14,12,8
    2. Physical therapist assistant
    3. Strong (most times)
    4. Vulnerable (at times)
    5. Funny (occasionally)
    6. I’ve lost 50 lbs this past year.
    7. I practice Krav Maga (Google it. It makes me feel like a superhero)
    8. I hate, despize, loathe doing laundry.
    9. I love to swim…..naked.
    10. I work with kids who have special needs.
    11. I’m finding it difficult coming up with 15 things about myself.
    12. I feel alone dealing with this diagnosis. My husband is doing the he can.
    13. I hate telling people what I have and what I’m going to do. The stupid things some people say!
    14. I have brown hair and blue eyes.
    15. I suffer great from booby sweat!
    Question: after reconstruction, depending on how big or small I go, will a bra not be necessary? And will booby sweat not be an issue? I have D’so now. Am hoping for a firm C.
    I hope people do not find my reply flippant and out of tact.

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