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Hey there, it's me Kathy: Ringing the bell

Kathy Golemiec
Kathy Golemiec

I sure hope you had a better week than I did, my friends.

It wasn't so much the radiation to address the cancerous brain tumour; it was the wait. My family went with me and the doctor talked to us before I went in. I made sure to talk with my family privately to let them know if anything happened to me or if I came out of a procedure a different person, I love them always. Then off to the procedure.

They strapped me into a face mask. It was tight but I wasn't complaining and I wasn't moving; I just kept breathing. It doesn't hurt and all you hear is a buzz stopping and starting. A half hour later it was over.

On your last radiation treatment you get to ring the old school bell. Well, everyone could hear that bell and they were clapping and happy for me. The bell ringing is only new since I was there two years ago and boy it was such a great feeling. Dr. Rob Rutledge helped save my life. I have been his patient for almost 15 years and he is amazing. Thank you so much just for being you and caring so much. You will always have a piece of my heart.

On a related note, I stopped into the Truro Daily News/Colchester Weekly News office recently to pick up letters for me. Thank you so much for your support; it means so much! I also appreciate so many of you putting me on your prayer list.

While in town, we found a new thrift store, called Grammy’s Thrift Store. It’s on Pictou Road and I recommend you check it out. The operator is a very nice lady who moved from British Columbia and her prices are very good. There is everything there from furniture to anything you can imagine, and the store also accepts donations.

Have a great week everyone and I’ll have more to share with you soon.


Kathy Golemiec is a former resident and business owner in Stewiacke where she still has strong family connections. She currently lives in Westville. She is chronicling her struggles and challenges as she undergoes cancer treatments. Her column appears weekly in The Colchester Weekly News.

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