28 April 2009

BC Cancer Agency

Persian American Cancer Institution song by several Iranian singers and artists

It has been over 6 months that my grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer. Hearing the news was like a nightmare. You never want to accept that cancer, with all its prevalence, can happen to you or one of your love ones. We are grateful that it has not metastasized and her doctor assured us that there was no reason for us to be worried. However, she still has to go through 5 dreadful cycles of chemotherapy to make sure that it doesn't relapse.

It was a coincident that I ended up doing some work at BC Cancer Agency Library for my program. This place is the Canadian source of information related to cancer. It is the library mandate to support the information needs of oncologists, surgeons, researchers, and the staff at the BC Cancer Agency. However, the previous head librarian, the late David Nobel, initiated informational services for patients as well. I was amazed by the number of in-person and email questions the library receives daily from cancer patients or their relatives across the province and Canada. Interestingly, there are so many patients who do not speak English well. Communicating with someone who only speaks Chinese is not easy. You have to make sure that the message is clear and eliminate any possible misunderstandings when it comes to information related to health. Even the Canadian Cancer Society provides information in different languages and thankfully Farsi is one of them. I hope no one finds the need to look at these websites but it is always good to know about their existence and pass the information along.

It is crucial to get help from somewhere, from someone, to get through cancer. It is truly a battle. Although in Iran you might not get the same support from the government but we are lucky enough to have stronger family structure and get that love and support from our family and close relatives. So this post is for my grandma in hope that she stays as strong as ever.

7 April 2009

I have no control over my mood swings. Lack of sleep and listening to Ebi doesn't make it any better either.

3 April 2009

Life is a million times better when you are surrounded by good people.

2 April 2009


The Sound of Music is one of my all time favourite classical/musical movie. It‘s cheerful and makes me smile every time I watch it or listen to one of the Julie Andrews songs. Who couldn’t fall in love with her voice, her peaceful manner, and magnificent view of the Alps, all featured in this movie. The translated version of this movie in Farsi, ashkeha va labkhandha, was very well done too. This video clip shows a wonderful dance of 200 something dancers in one of the main central stations in Belgium. They are dancing with the Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti song.

Enjoy! p.s. sorry for those who can't access YouTube. If I find an alternative site, I'll post it here.


Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread

1 April 2009

My dream

I had the strangest dream a couple of days ago and I’m not saying this because today is April 1st. I dreamt that the Iranian leader (I don’t really want to name him in my blog), had a plastic surgery. He looked 20 years younger but hideous. And here I was going around pointing this out to everyone and no one believed me.

The highlight of my week

The highlight of my week so far was meeting Adrienne Clarkson in person. She is still one of my favourite Canadian. She is a true advocate for immigration and a supporter of multiculturalism or even better than that, the Interculturalism. She defines that as interpenetration of cultures in order to develop a more competent and a richer society. At the end of her talk, she said in Canada the rate of intermarriage is approximately 30% and she would like to see this number to rise to 70% in the near future.

Other lessens learned:
1) She has always said YES to life.
2) She never wanted to be famous or rich but she always prayed to have an interesting life.

I really needed something inspiring and something to boost my energy and that was it. Now I'm looking forward to the next highlight of this week.