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Appropriately confident: what are YOU really good at?

21 Oct

 by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters    October 21, 2018

It all started with a little post on Twitter by San Francisco OB-GYN Dr. Jen Gunter, urging this call to action:

I was hooked when I read an early response from a pediatrician, who (on top of everything else a pediatrician might feel self-confident about) mentioned that she does the New York Times crossword IN PEN. Now, that is true confidence, my heart sisters. . .

I decided to bite, tossing aside all that ‘aw shucks’ false modesty that women are so often socialized to embrace. Here’s how I responded about myself:
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Little video, big questions on women’s heart disease

14 Oct

A big “Thank You” to Robyn Unwin Media and her enthusiastic film students who interviewed me about my heart attack and women’s heart disease in general – and particularly for asking important questions like What Needs To ChangeThe crew then turned my answers into this short film, a project that was written, shot and edited by students of the Film Industry Training and Skills course offered by the S.T.A.R.T.E. program and Beacon Community Services here in Victoria, BC.

Well done film students, and special thanks to Rob…  

(P.S. Love that cool Heart Sisters animation the crew came up with!)

Heart Sisters: Heart Health for Women from Robyn Lee Unwin on Vimeo.

The 2018 Summer Blogging Challenge

12 Aug

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by Carolyn Thomas  ♥  @HeartSisters    August 12, 2018

My blogging friend Nancy Stordahl, author of several books about breast cancer, including (best title ever!) “Cancer is Not a Gift and it Didn’t Make Me a Better Person”, as well as the excellent breast cancer blog Nancy’s Point, sent me a little nudge this week. Perfect timing for an invitation to participate in her 4th Annual Summer Blogging ChallengeIt’s hot outside, I’m cranky, I’ve attempted writing half a dozen blog posts this week  yet abandoned all of them – maybe Nancy’s challenge will help me feel unstuck.

Her invitation: just answer the following 12 questions about being a blogger (or about the blogs you enjoy reading). Feel free to accept her challenge yourself. Continue reading

A Mother’s Day without my mother

13 May

by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters

Based on a post originally published here on May 13, 2012

As Christopher Buckley wrote in his memoir, Losing Mum and Pup, when the last of your parents dies, you are an orphan. This is poignantly true if that parent is your mother.

“You lose the true keeper of your memories, your triumphs, your losses. Your mother is a scrapbook for all your enthusiasms. She is the one who validates and the one who shames, and when she’s gone, you are alone in a terrible way.”

This month marks both the occasion of my mother’s birthday (she would have turned 90 on May 7th, which was coincidentally the third birthday of Everly Rose, the adorable great-granddaughter she would never meet) and yet another Mother’s Day when I didn’t send my Mom a card and flowers. I’m getting used to that reality by now. She died six years ago on February 21st, 2012.  Continue reading

Looking for me on Facebook? I’m no longer there…

22 Mar

by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters    March 22, 2018

With security issues, data breaches, and downright creepiness going on over at Facebook, this morning I made the decision to deactivate and delete my two Facebook accounts (both my personal one, and my book one). If you follow me in either space, I’m not there! When I mentioned this morning that today was THE DAY I was going to delete my accounts, one of my Facebook followers asked:

“How will we connect with you when you post new Heart Sisters blog articles?”

I invite her (and you) to simply subscribe to my blog (right hand side bar). You’ll get an email when a new blog post is up (typically every Sunday morning).

And unlike Facebook, I promise not to sell any of your information. . .  Continue reading