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Parkinson’s then cancer: how humour saved a B.C. artist

By SARAH HAMPSON, The Globe and Mail, www.theglobeandmail.com

Death is on the table along with poached salmon and quinoa salad.

Robyn Levy is unafraid to talk about her mortality. It has become her best subject.

In 2008, at the age of 43, the Vancouver-based writer and artist was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease, and eight months later, withbreast cancer, which resulted in a mastectomy. Her new memoir, Most of Me: Surviving my Medical Meltdown, grew out of the funny e-mail updates she started sending to friends in early 2009 after she underwent an oophorectomy as part of her cancer treatment.

“If you say oophorectomy with a French accent, it sounds very sexy, and not at all like you’re getting your ovaries and fallopian tubes out,” she explains, dressing up her voice with Parisian flair.

Humour was her saviour. “My family and friends were so worried, I didn’t want them to feel that I was really suffering. I wanted to cheer them up a bit.” Click here to read the rest of the article.

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