Fashion Influencer, Writer
“I’m recovering from Guillain Barre Syndrome and Breast Cancer, but I’m not letting that hold me back from living my life fully, and helping others.”
My husband Monty & I live in Ottawa, ON Canada. I have spent the past 30 years living in various parts of the US while my husband has lived in the Madison, WI area his entire life. This year we decided to make the move back to my homeland of Canada.
This blog brings content reflecting my life and interests. I have had a long tech industry career, including building and selling my own company. I also had a designer fashion boutique which was fun but a very difficult business challenge.
In 2009 I became ill (and paralyzed) with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare peripheral neuropathy condition. During this slow recovery is when I learned how to play tournament poker; also a great passion of mine now.
I closed my boutique called ‘Iona’ in Madison, WI in 2015 after being diagnosed with stage 2a invasive breast cancer, but then my blog emerged from there.
So here we are. I write this mixed bag of content from fashion to lifestyle, health and opinion. What started as cathartic for me has turned out to be useful and empowering for others. So I’ll keep writing.
Q&A with Pamela
Q: What is this website about?
This is my space to share my stories, experiences and style with you. My hope is to inspire, motivate and empower. If you see a Pdub signature, it is my nickname, all of my friends call me that.
Q: Favorite Celebrities?
Mark Ruffalo, Olivia Wilde, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Keanu Reeves, Gloria Steinem, Andy Cohen, Sia, Lady Gaga. I could go on…
Q: What are you reading?
‘The Happy Vegan’ by Russell Simmons, ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi and ‘Between the World & Me’ by Ta-Nehishi Coates. I never read one book at a time. On deck: ‘Inside Hollywood’, ‘Truly, Madly, Guilty’, and ‘Dragonmark’
Q: Last movie you watched?
Wonderwoman on the big screen. The Defiant Ones, four part series on HBO. So good.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional – Anonymous I know, I know it’s so cliche but so fitting.
Q: Any pet peeves?
Playing the ‘call the insurance company, call the doctor’, never-ending loop of a game. Drives me nuts.
Q: Well tell me some of your favorite things then?
Listening to my cat breathing in my ear as she is sleeping on my chest. My first cup of tea in the morning. Making final tables of poker tournaments. Seeing other people happy. Organizing my closets. Wearing comfortable and cool looking shoes. Catching up with girlfriends. Not feeling sick. Getting lost in a good book. Getting a massage. Drinking champagne on flights. A necklace and note my Dad gave me. Walking down the street with my husband while holding his hand.
Q: What are some fun facts about yourself?
I play tournament poker. I adore my husband & cats. If something is wrong, I speak up. I use the wrong word a lot. I think I’m funny, but my husband thinks I’m hilarious. I’m very tall but I don’t play basketball. I’m 48 going on 26.