who is gayliegirl

gayliegirl is….me.The name evolved from (1) a mispronunciation of my name: GAY-LEE, and (2) using gaylie as an affectionate way of saying my name. Adding ‘girl” is just part of that affection.

who am I really?

That’s both hard and easy to answer.

I’m a wife, a friend, an aunt, a great-aunt, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a niece.

It’s the adjectives rather than relationships that make things harder. How honest should I be? [This list is not inclusive]

  • a bookworm,
  • a tech nerd, 
  • a grammar geek,
  • a disaster in the kitchen, 
  • silly, 
  • good-hearted, 
  • crazy,
  • blunt,
  • sarcastic, 
  • moody, 
  • a smart aleck,
  • contradictory, 
  • I snort when I laugh,
  • and more!

why blog?

This is not about brand or marketing or influencing anyone.

It’s about transparency (being open and honest about things happening).

And about sharing. Many people want to know what is going on, afraid to reach out directly concerned timing is not good.

the start

In May 2006, I began investigating why my left breast had changed in appearance. Yep, it was cancer. Confirmed in August  2006. My blog became a diary; I have tried to present things honestly.


On March 26, 2020 I learned I had metastatic breast cancer…tumours in my brain and one in my left lung (largest brain tumor caused left-side paralysis). I thought I had this motherfucking disease beat! Damn!! And why wouldn’t I? It’s been 13.5 years since my first diagnosis. Somehow hitting the 10-year mark made me believe I was clear. What can I say? Sometimes things suck – big time.

And here I am again, documenting what is happening with what I hope is humour and resilience.

Last modified: April 8, 2022