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The Walnut - December, 2013

“Yule” really love this month’s meeting. Aside from the usual holiday season’s boundless frivolity and imbibing, we’ve invited comic Ruvin Geller to raise some yuks at the December meeting.

Plus, member Hal Floysvik and his Trillium Dixieland Band will perform, we suspect, seasonal Dixieland music.

Please stop reading this issue and come out to the festivities instead. As for The Walnut, yes, we have stuff in it.

19 December Get Together

Trillium DIxieland Band

Great evening with Trillium Dixieland Band and comedian Ruvin Geller. Photos

One of our members, Hal Floysvik, played in the Trillium Dixieland Band. They graciously agreed to play Dixieland with some Christmas carols thrown in for good measure.

Register now for CCSN's Advocacy Toolkit webinar on November 12, 2013!


Don't miss this opportunity to attend CCSN's Advocacy Toolkit webinar! This informative, free webinar will be of interest to patients, survivors, family, friends, caregivers, and any member of the community interested in ensuring the best possible care and follow-up for cancer patients and survivors.

Webinar attendees will:

Better appreciate the importance of utilizing key advocacy tools to effect change.
Be taken through the practical development and implementation of some of those key tools, including advocacy packages, petitions, postcards and collective letters.
Understand the practical steps to hosting a “Day at the Legislature”, one of the most impactful advocacy tools an organization can utilize.


struck like some
ancient bell

what he says
rings true

each man who
fails a treatment

call him
a warrior


The Walnut - November, 2013

This is Stache month. It used to be MOvember. No matter. The idea is the same.

Grow something on your upper lip and tell people you’re looking better all because of prostate cancer. They won’t believe you. The looking better part, we mean.

For those already sporting facial fuzz, we thank you for your permanent support of the cause. No matter what it makes you look like.

Wheels of Hope

Wheels of Hope

Until November 9th only: Along with raising funds for research for all cancers, the Canadian Cancer Society provides transportation and support for those living with cancer. Our Wheels of Hope campaign raises funds to ensure that this program continues to support those in need. It is especially vital for people without vehicles or a license, with no local family or friends to help, nor the financial means to make the often daily trips to their appointments.

In order to continue offering this invaluable service to the Ottawa community, we need your help!

21 November Members Meeting

7:30 Frank Macmillan, a prominent Ottawa lawyer, gave a presentation on "Guarding your Family Assets. If you don't have a will the government decides how the estate is distributed."

Look Both Ways

Sometimes, navigating through all the ways
they hurry in to fix us—the cuts, the burns
the radical prostectomy surgery and radiation
the needles, the pills, the pilots and the PSAs

I sometimes close my eyes and dream a time
when medicine has moved far from where it
is stuck now, when someone has what I have
but gets treated in a way I wouldn’t recognize

and I ask myself if that patient will ever pause
to look back (as I have paused to look ahead)
to maybe feel sad at the way we were treated
or amazed at how we sang in such a darkness.


The Walnut - October, 2013

No hanging chads interfered with the September elections. The results are on page 3. We’ve kept the vote count confidential though.

As for the rest of the issue, we go from lymphedema to more on PSA testing and conclude with some fine lessons on stress management. As always, something for everyone.

Expense Report Forms

Download either the Excel spreadsheet or the printable form (below) to use to submit PCCN Ottawa expenses.

To use the Excel spreadsheet, you must first save it with your project name before starting to fill it in. It will total your expenses automatically. You can print a copy before sending it in.

To use the printable form, download it, print it, and fill it in by hand. You'll have to do your own addition! :-)

Remember to attach receipts.


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