Why We’re Still in Manitoba

This post is going to be more on the personal side. I’ve been trying to decided whether or not to write this post and go public with what we’re dealing with right now. I figured that if there was any place to write about it, it would be right here on the blog; where we share not only our travels but our experiences and our lives.

Lately we’ve been very behind on blog posts and our weekly Vlogs and it’s not because we’ve lost interest, or that we can’t commit enough of our time, or that we’ve become lazy when it comes to editing and writing. It’s because recently my Dad has been seriously sick.

A month ago, and in a matter of seconds, my world was flipped completely upside down.


Two days after we landed here in Canada, my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Most people who know me pretty well, will know that my Dad is my favourite person in the entire world and has always been the rock of the family and the big personality that always keeps us laughing. So it’s been a tough few weeks adjusting to the news and trying to figure out where we go from here.

He has been in and out of hospital since, going through tests and waiting games trying to find out what kind of tumour he has. It is now a month later and we still have no definite prognosis. A little over a week ago he had a brain biopsy; all went well and at the moment we are still waiting on the final results.

Now this is where things get a little weird. Our lives have literally turned into an episode of House. A few days ago the Infectious Diseases team was brought onto my Dads case because the doctors are actually scratching their heads at what is going on in his brain.

My Dad is surprisingly better since the brain biopsy. He’s almost back to normal and no one knows why. Oncology says that it’s not characteristic of a brain tumour and are leaning away from any aggressive type of cancer. Neuro says that the tumour actually looks better when they compared his scans from the beginning of September to the scans that were done a week ago. And everyone – the nurses, the aids, the doctors – are really surprised at how much he’s improved. Total House episode am I right?

Right now we’re all just happy that at least some of the worst case scenarios have been somewhat ruled out. That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. We still have a long way to go, considering there is still something in my Dads brain. But yesterday he was discharged from the hospital so we’re just taking it one day at time, waiting on those biopsy results, and extremely relieved he is home and doing much better than a couple weeks ago.


As for Will and I’s long term plans, we’re still hoping to move west to Alberta (sooner rather than later) but won’t be going anywhere until we know my Dad will be ok. For now we’re spending our time with my family, keeping my dad company when he was in the hospital, and exploring Winnipeg and the area around where my parents live.



If you’ve made it this far, Thank You for reading/listening and we hope you keep following along with our adventures.

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