Calling All Angels in Your Little Black Dresses



Photo–May 19, 2013 —“My friend, writer Susie Lindau, wrote a blog yesterday called The Boob Report – Roadblocks and U-Turns that caught me quite off guard. To my shock she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and life has “flicked her off the stage” as she said. The same words I heard years ago about a different part of my body were spoken to her in very much the same way.” Update- she not only survived but I cannot keep up with this woman.


It’s almost September 19, and Carleton Place’s Little Black Dress event is quickly approaching and it’s sold out. The organizers are looking forward to seeing everyone looking fabulous in their black dresses. Some of us don’t believe in little black dresses and have huge black dresses-so make a path for me. There is one name that always stands out for me about this event– Carol Dryburgh. She is a force to be reckoned with and kicks cancer in the butt each time she speaks about it.

It is no secret that I have lost each and every family member to cancer. I am the last one standing and figure I am here for one reason or another. (discuss among yourselves) I have also been a caretaker a few times and written a book about it. Most people don’t understand what the journey is like to take care of someone with cancer. When someone has it the whole family and everyone who loves them does too.

Max Keeping once told me cancer was nothing but a bully. You never really lose to the word cancer. The word after all is just a word, not a sentence. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. Carol Dryburgh is that example, and if you could not get a ticket to this years — there is always next year. Donate donate donate! I am sure she is still looking for door prizes!

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

To my friend Heather Curry Whiting- the strongest person I know.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. Cancer sucks, Alzheimer’s sucks, Parkinson’s sucks. Any debilitating condition, and they are legion, sucks. I just hope I get hit by a bus. Watching my dad shrink day by day, eating mush cause he couldn’t swallow, trying to prune the hedge when he was shaking so bad he couldn’t manage the shears, falling and breaking his shoulder two steps from the table to the counter top. Crying cause he felt like a complete waste of space. A man who was a superb athlete, total fixit guy, sitting in his elevator chair, shuffling around, totally incapacitated and wasting more and more day by day. He still made soup. He still loved to listen to music. But imprisoned by his uncontrollable debilitating body was a torture not many family members could bear. Cancer can sometimes be beaten. Not always. Whatever is searing your soul is the worst torment.


  2. Linda, I would so be there to support but I will be in Europe.
    I am a breast cancer survivor. I experienced 5 years of hell!

    There is more than one solution for all of these diseases/illnesses.
    I feel that we believe too much in traditional western medicine.
    The Hippocratic oath says “do no harm”. No where does it say that physicians can heal you. Rather it says, “heal yourself”

    Knowledge is power.
    Eastern medicine has been around for centuries.
    It does heal.
    Inform yourself, be open to changes and go the distance.

    I’ve got your back if you want it.
    I am a retired Registered Nurse with 38 years of very varied experience.
    It has taken me 67 years, three life threatening illnesses and whole lot of work to finally GET IT.

    I am now a very happy person.
    And no one can ever take that away from me ever again.



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