• Brian Gallagher

Just a little off the top, please


Last spring I told you beautiful people about my bone disease osteochondroma. It is a disease that is a non-malignant version of cancer that affects the soft cartilage and joints and causes them to grow ‘extoses’ that impede mobility. When these nasty outcroppings start causing excess pain and/or impede movement they need to be exorcised; oops I meant extracted (or in plain English – sawed off). This happy affliction usually stops being a nuisance when your body stops growing. Vertically, that is. My body seems to recently have decided to try and even the odds between vertical and horizontal measurement. But I just happen to be in the lucky 37 per cent where it just decides to hang around past puberty and tag along for the ride. And now that I have played more than 20 matches against it in the operation arena I’m indeed feeling like a seasoned veteran.

Although I am blessed that I am not in the other small percentile of patients where osteochondroma morphs itself into lymphoma. Here endeth the lesson – who needs Dr. Oz, huh?

As you may know, last spring I went in and had four surgeries on both legs (two each). I had to wait for almost three years to get this operation at the Montreal General Hospital and unfortunately the procedure did not help the pain or mobility in the legs. In reality, quite the opposite. Actually the surgeon did not really do much of anything to help my condition, but that’s another story that I won’t get into here (don’t want any litigation now do we?)… and although it’s not nice to talk badly about other people (my Mom always told me so) let’s just say that this particular older fellow’s level of caring and follow-up was about the same as a 16-year-old morning cashier at Tim Horton’s. Luckily I am now in fantastic hands thanks to the intervention of my GP to whom I am forever thankful and am being attended to by a bright young surgeon at Lakeshore General who is doing all the right things.

So, in the ongoing battle against the evil unwanted osseous matter, I am pleased to have a shiny new champion by my side and with that being said, back in I go this week for another round of surgery. Wish me luck dear readers – I’ll update you next week.


This Saturday, February 8 at the lovely Auberge Willow Inn in Hudson, the Soulanges Irish Society (@soulangesirishsociety) are kicking off their countdown to Saint Paddy’s Day with the Queen’s Selection evening. Festivities and dinner go on from 5 - 9 p.m. Get more information on their FB pages or call the Inn at (450) 458-7006. Should be a fun evening!


Winter carnival season is heating up! This weekend there are winter festivals happening in Saint-Lazare and Saint-Polycarpe. You can get lots of details on their town websites or explorevs.com/en/calendar/.


Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so click here to see the Hudson Village Theatre’s ‘Journey of Love’ for the 2020 season.


As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for upcoming community events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.


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