October 29, 2001
feet with a Chinese exercise
A vegetarian who enjoys fish, Harnad takes the occasional aerobics class to regain strength lost since the accident. While she's determined to regain her full health, she insists she's "not a fanatic." She eats what her body tells her it needs and takes a few simple vitamins. She smoked for years but gave it up in 1969 after an operation for ovarian cancer. In Europe, she swam, played tennis and did some fencing, which involves movements she regards as similar to t'ai chi. Arriving in Canada in 1948, Harnad built a successful business advising people with skin problems before retiring in her mid-70s. She has two sons and three grandchildren, and maintains what she calls, "a positive attitude." Harnad is concentrating now on regaining the 10 kg she lost during her recovery. "I don't want to leave it like this," she says. "After all, I have many more active years before me."