About me


My name is Kate Sawford. I am a 35-year-old woman born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. I have a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Public Health. Currently I spend much of my time just east of Canberra working as a veterinarian for the NSW state government.

But my professional life does not have much to do with my reasons for starting this blog. While I am dedicated to my work, I am also fully engaged in other endeavours, namely climbing and yoga, though not necessarily in that order, with a bit of surfing and cycling thrown in there for good measure.

The lens though which I view the world is influenced largely by my journey though childhood cancer that resulted in the amputation of my left leg. I have come to understand that the long-term consequences of that experience will continually shape my beliefs and perceptions. They can be read about here.

5 thoughts on “About me

  1. Life is often nothing more than the search for a properly fitting pair of shoes. You’re halfway there already, I figure. Giddyup!

  2. Hi Kate, Jon Allen just introduced me to your blog. I think we met briefly at one point. My son Samuel is a Congenital Multiple Amputee (no hands,one foot) born in Cambodia and abandoned at birth.
    I look forward to following you and your inspiring life journey. I invite you to view Samuel’s website. http://www.samuelsrideforrescue.com at the age of 8 he too is making the most of life.

  3. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

  4. I was a journalist just out of school and I wrote a story for the local daily about CD rom versions of books…it was a big deal at the time technologically. I mentioned Kate’s Journey in the article. I forgot all about that article, as it was like 20 years ago! I found it and I wondered gee, whatever happened to that girl? Did she even survive? Obviously, you’ve done pretty well! Congratulations on your successes. My mother died of cancer just a few months ago. She was much much older than you, of course. It’s always good to see a more positive outcome!

  5. Hi Kate, I have been following your career from a distance and really enjoyed watching you in this video. We are a long way from Grade Two at Central Park School now but I think of you often. Do you still play the violin/fiddle? I remember you were busking when you were so young. Very proud of who you are!

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