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At Qi Spa, our way of giving back is to help cancer patients.

Qi Spa is pleased to offer complimentary spa treatments to patients receiving treatment for cancer. Please call to inquire.

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We help cancer patients to and from the spa to receive their treatments. Home delivery of products is also available.

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Letters from our Clients

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Tough Days!

The last few weeks have been filled with so much sadness. Every time I opened my e-mail or facebook another beautiful soul was gone; taken too early by MBC. Many of these amazing women were advocates. They dedicated much of their lives to spreading awareness. They educated, they explained, they comforted – all while they were dealing with the fate they had been handed. When living in the cancer world, this becomes a part of our lives. Losing someone who has left such an impression in your heart is tough. Some of these women I did not know personally, but the impact they left is truly a testament to who they were. I hope that I can honor these amazing women by continuing to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer. It kills, the only breast cancer that kills – we need to be counted.

At the risk of sounding trite, life is a roller coaster and filled with many ups and downs. You have extreme highs and you can have some pretty extreme lows, but the ride of life is worth it.

After having a break from treatment, I just finished up round 4 of Eribulin and I took a shit kicking. Nausea, vomiting, grogginess, severe headaches, lack of sleep all made for a fun few days in the Muscat household. I blame it all on the chemical imbalance but I apologize for subjecting those around me to my beastly wrath. Hopefully better days are ahead.

At the risk of sounding trite, life is a roller coaster and filled with many ups and downs. You have extreme highs and you can have some pretty extreme lows, but the ride of life is worth it.

There is always a little bit of pink in a gloomy day!

— Liz


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Treating the Person, Not the Disease

The article below was written about our client, Liz Muscat in the Mississauga Halton/Central West Regional Cancer Program Newsletter.

CANCER NETWORK INSIDER Summer/Fall 2015
Profile: Liz Muscat, Member, Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council

Liz Muscat was in the healthiest shape of her life when she found a lump on her breast during a personal breast exam at her Zumba class. At the age of 38 and with no family history of cancer, there were no concerns about her ultrasound and mammogram results. But her diagnosis was positive for breast cancer. “I was by myself, I didn’t have my husband with me,” says Liz about receiving the news. “It was hard, but I wouldn’t change anything about my experience.”

Three years have passed since the initial diagnosis, with Liz’s cancer journey consisting of a full mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation, and a diagnosis of liver metastasis in December 2013 and bone metastasis in September 2014. Now on weekly chemotherapy treatment, Liz has chosen to “give back” by joining the Mississauga Halton Central West (MHCW) Regional Cancer Program’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. As one of the founding members of the Council, Liz brings to the Council valuable patient input from her experiences – both good and bad.

As a Council member, I may be able to assist in any changes, really bring things to light, in the cancer journey that patients are involved in within our regions.

The patient experience is what she truly believes holds huge weight in the healthcare system. “I felt it was important to become involved in my health journey,” says Liz. “As a Council member, I may be able to assist in any changes, really bring things to light, in the cancer journey that patients are involved in within our regions.” Celebrating its second anniversary, the Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council is a committee of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals interested in how the MHCW Regional Cancer Program can best serve its patients and community.

The patient voice is so important… It needs to be incorporated more into the healthcare system. My view of cancer has definitely changed since my diagnosis. It’s all about treating the person, not the disease.

“The Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council is committed to ensuring that at every step of the way the person is at the centre of their cancer journey,” says Maria Rugg, Regional Lead, Patient Education and Psychosocial Oncology, Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program. Adds Liz: “The patient voice is so important… It needs to be incorporated more into the healthcare system.” “My view of cancer has definitely changed since my diagnosis. It’s all about treating the person, not the disease.”

For more information on the Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council, please visit:
mhcwcancer.ca/InformationForPatients/Pages/Regional-Patient-and-Family-Advisory-Council.aspx

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Liz Muscat: Taxol – Cycle 3 all done!!

I made it through 3 cycles of taxol (9 treatments in total) and with quite manageable and tolerable side effects. Sleepless nights, metallic taste, achy muscles, neuropathy (tingling sensation) in my finger tips and feet and of course the hair loss (including most of the eyebrows and eye lashes). All manageable!!

My next set of scans are scheduled for this Monday with results usually the following week. This will determine whether taxol has worked. Any growth or presentation of new tumors and we switch yet again to another treatment. Whatever the scans indicate I know I can handle it, I may get knocked down once in a while but I always find my way back up and keep fighting.

In other news, it’s hard to believe yet another school year has flown by. My loves finished grade 10, 8 and 4. I will now have 2 in high school. Where has the time gone. Enjoy each and every day because it all flies by so quickly. Each phase of life comes with its trials and tribulations, but it also comes with many rewards and memories. I am so very proud of the beautiful and amazing young people my loves are growing into. When you can look into the eyes of your children and know that you have done right by them, it truly is an awesome feeling. They were stripped of their innocence at such a young age, and as unfair as this was, it has truly made them who they are today. They are compassionate, loving and caring. They do not get caught up in the small stuff. They are old souls in young bodies.

In between hospital appointments and treatments, I will try to spend my lazy summer days in my paradise. Enjoying the warmth of the sun, the calmness of the water, my toes in the sand and occasionally a drink in hand. God has blessed you with breath; make sure you truly enjoy it!


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An Update from Liz Muscat

My CT scan results are in. No change since September scans. Cancer is still presenting in various spots in my bones. But this is great news. We are controlling the disease (by we, I mean all the different treatment paths I am on). No spread is a positive result. The MRI this weekend will hopefully seal the deal. Praying those results will be the same. I got this; I am living with and surviving the dreaded C-word.

Young moms with metastatic breast cancer face a unique set of hurdles. Unlike many cancer patients whose treatment has a prescribed end date, those of us with stage IV metastatic disease live our lives going from one treatment to the next. Praying the treatments will slow down or stop the progression of our disease long enough so we can see our kids grow, go on their first date, graduate from high school, enjoy another Christmas. Praying the side effects from our treatment won’t cause us to miss soccer games or parent-teacher nights. Praying our loved ones won’t tire of supporting us year after year after year. Praying for the strength to make the most of each day we are still here.

They say it takes a village to raise a child and that is even truer when you are raising kids while fighting breast cancer. This is a fight you cannot get through alone.

Living with metastatic breast cancer is the ultimate experience of living in the moment. It is a reminder that all we truly have is the present. This day. This breath. This moment. When your own mortality comes knocking on the door as it did for me last December (2013), the future can be a scary place. But it doesn’t have to be.

Of course, living in the moment is much easier said than done. It has now been a year since I received the diagnosis that the breast cancer has spread to my liver (fast-forward a few months and in my bones as well). The reality that I am now living with cancer. I was instantly terrified, furious, and heartbroken. My mind went into overdrive as I poured through statistics and imagined worst-case scenarios. My loves were still so young, I wondered how much of their lives I would be around to see. How could I possibly live in the moment when there were so many thoughts swirling throughout my mind and so many life-altering decisions to make? Are you kidding me?

But this same diagnosis pushed me into the present moment. Chemotherapy, pain, and continued fatigue left me unable to commit to future plans, never knowing how I would feel or what I was capable of doing until the actual day arrived. As an obsessive planner and control freak, I found this very unsettling.

In time though, I realized how freeing it was to live in the moment. I no longer said yes to things I didn’t want to do. I didn’t stress as much about future events. I listened to my body. I started to honor my needs. I let go of the compulsion to have my days planned and instead just went with the flow, staying open to the uncertainty of life.

Now, as I continue on my journey with breast cancer, I keep coming back to the present moment. I try to be fully present with my beautiful loves, I notice the sparkle in their eyes, I hear their beautiful voices, I truly feel their warm hugging embrace.

I am aware of and grateful for the moments I am not in pain and have energy to go about my day. When I feel overwhelmed and fearful, I try to focus on my breath and remember that tomorrow is a new day. Anything can happen. And I often use meditation to center myself and find my inner wisdom when I am faced with yet another treatment decision.

Of course, living in the moment is not always supported in our driven, multi-tasking society, nor is it always appreciated by family and friends looking to make plans. But for me, it has become an essential way of coping with the uncertainty of life as a cancer patient.

The new me understands that tomorrow is promised to no one. All we have is this moment. Right here. Right now. So I am doing my best to be present for as many moments as I can. — Liz


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A Letter from our Client Liz

Since June 2012, my life has been a crazy amusement park roller coaster. This is an emotional ride and extremely hard at times. From initially being diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 38, to finding out that it had metastised into my liver to most recently finding out that the cancer has now spread to the bones, I continue with chemotherapy, bone therapy and holistic treatments. I live with cancer daily, my days filled with “routine” in-between scans and many hospital visits. I am learning to live with cancer.

Through all the hardships cancer has brought to my life, there have been many silver linings. Qi Tranquility Spa is one of those silver linings. As I eavesdropped on a conversation between two cancer survivors at Wellspring sharing their stories, they mentioned this amazing spa in Oakville that helps cancer patients in treatment. I went home, googled the Spa and met my angels.

It is very difficult to find beauty in fighting cancer, not to mention the financial strain fighting cancer can put on a family. Spa treatments were not on the top of my priority list. Katharine and her spa angels changed that. Qi Tranquility Spa gives back to those affected by cancer, and has put beauty back into my life. For this, I will forever be grateful! — Liz


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A Letter About a Boy Named Kaleb

I hope your summer has been going well. Before I get into business I wanted to share a story with you. A couple months ago my friends held a memorial baseball tournament for my close friend who passed away. In the raffle I won a signed Drew Doughty (2014 Stanley Cup champion) jersey during the hockey playoffs. Partly due to your inspiration of helping others facing cancer, I sought after finding a young hockey fan facing cancer who would appreciate the jersey more than I would. I was able to find a young boy named Kaleb who was cheering for the LA Kings and was at the hospital finishing up his last chemo treatment on his way to recovery. He is the cutest thing ever. There is a picture attached of him. Just so you know that helping people is contagious.


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A Letter from our Client Kim Channon

Cancer brings a lot of challenges (that’s an understatement!) and, as a woman, some of the worst are related to our femininity. First to go was my long, blonde hair….pretty shocking! I didn’t really know until then how much hair is connected to a woman’s identity. Soon after, I was browless, and my eyelashes were gone too! Eventually, my nailbeds were sore and black and painful. No hair appointments. No eyebrow shaping. No pedicures. No manicures. All those “feminine” things that I had taken for granted were no longer possible, and I was surprised at the longing I felt for those “ordinary” womanly moments. Then Karen from Qi Spa encouraged me to have a facial and massage. She said it was a gift to help make a cancer patient’s load a little lighter!

Wow! Ten minutes into the first treatment, her gentle, firm touch brought the cleansing tears… washing away the pain, the loss, the fear… and peace settled in reassuring me that I could keep “plodding on” through this mucky, messy journey. Karen and Qi Spa continued to pamper me throughout my battle, and I truly believe they were instrumental in my recent victory– Cancer Survivor! Life now? Well, it’s really very simple. I aim to live every day as if it is the final, full day of my extraordinary, ordinary life! — Kim


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A Letter from our Client Tara Kay

Life is a journey and mine truly began October 2011. My family relocated to Oakville from North Carolina. We viewed the move as an adventure that would enrich our lives. However, after two weeks in a new country and a new community, I discovered a lump in my right breast…it was cancer. I was thirty-nine years old. My treatment plan was dose dense chemotherapy (8 cycles), a bilateral mastectomy and radiation (25 treatments). The community of Oakville, the place I now call home, rallied around me. Neighbors provided meals, childcare and cheery hellos. Friends and family from the USA filled my home with love and support. Then, one balmy day I walked into Qi Tranquility Spa with a girlfriend. My girlfriend purchased a spa gift certificate for me to celebrate my 40th birthday. That gift changed my outlook on life. For the first time since my treatment began, I felt special and beautiful. From Sue, who greets you with a welcoming hello and warm smile, to Izzy, my aesthetician, who has magic fingers, I felt warmth, love and serenity. Qi Tranquility not only provided a service, but they took the time to get to know ME. That is a rare quality in the fast paced business world of today. As an individual undergoing cancer treatment, Qi Tranquility Spa offers free spa services every Monday. I am happy to report that I am cancer free and my prognosis is good. The ladies at Qi Tranquility Spa walked with me during the most difficult part of my life journey and I will be forever grateful for each hug, smile and spa service.
— Tara Kay

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