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'You can do this. You are stronger than you think': A letter to my before breast cancer self

You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Deep breath. Your future self is typing this, having a coffee, and planning on going to yoga and then work later. You made it! I thought I’d give you that spoiler alert to ease the biggest worry of your life.

Oct. 19, 2018 | by Kim MacDonald

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Making time for yourself

Like many women, Jutta has always loved putting on makeup everyday, but after undergoing chemo treatment, it almost became a challenge.

Jutta is a breast cancer warrior, as she likes to call herself. Still undergoing treatment today, she hopes to officially call herself a cancer survivor soon.

When diagnosed in November 2017, she was shocked and upset, to say the least. She first thought about her children, and then wondered if she would be losing her hair.

Oct. 19, 2018 | by Suzanne Aranda

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Finding Confidence With Each Challenge

When Kim Angell was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34, it was a total shock.

While lying in bed one night, Kim had a thought out of nowhere to do a self-exam. “I had just seen my doctor eight months before and the breast exam was clear,” she remembers, “I never though in a million years that I would find anything.”

Aug. 2, 2018 | by Suzanne Aranda

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The Wind in My Hair: A Moment of Pure Happiness

A few months back, my mother stood in front of many to tell our story. She was speaking to a group of local francophone women to help explain why she brought Look Good Feel Better to our hometown, Timmins, Ontario. She spoke both of the program and of her experience as a caregiver to her daughter - me. 

She spoke of our favourite memory. 

 

July 10, 2018 | by Gabrielle Fecteau

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Daughter turns birthday wishes into gift for women with cancer

Gail Weiler attended a Look Good Feel Better workshop when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005.

Ten years later her daughter, Andrea, took to Twitter to give back to the program that helped her mother during the difficult time for their family.

June 21, 2018 | by Allie Wiebe

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Coming Back to Reality

I find that now, as a “survivor” (I’ll explain the use of quotes later on), I seem to lose touch with reality more often than I’d like to admit. My definition of reality is much different than the average person – reality to me is CANCER.

June 20, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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This 18-year-old cancer survivor is WINKing to let women know it’s O.K. to ask for help

Anjali Sachdeva was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at just 16-years-old.

The diagnosis – an incidental finding after a routine scoliosis scan – came as a shock to the young teen and her family.

Unwilling to miss out on her education, Anjali stayed enrolled at St. Clement’s School throughout her four cycles of chemotherapy.

June 12, 2018 | by

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WINK for Inspiring Women Like Amirlyn

For #WinkDay on June 14, she’s winking to let women know Look Good Feel Better exists and that they don’t have to go through this alone.
You can help women like Amirlyn by posting your best wink to social media with #WINKDay. For every post, Shoppers Drug Mart will donate $5 to Look Good Feel Better, helping women with cancer feel like themselves again.

 

May 31, 2018 | by

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I Got It from My Mama

With May being the month of celebrating Mothers (although it should be all year round), this blog is dedicated to the woman who held the table I leaned on for me during lumbar punctures; the woman who would run over to me while I threw up even when I wanted her nowhere near me; the woman who knew how not to treat me differently; the woman who kept it all together even when it felt impossible – I am PROUD to call her my Mom.

May 23, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Teachings Learned From Wearing My Headscarf

It is still a mystery why it has bothered me so much to wear my headscarves since I started growing my hair after chemotherapy treatments. I repeatedly expressed that I felt I had lost the right to wear such a symbol used by many cancer thrivers to reclaim a sense of beauty and power for themselves. I believe it was also an attempt on my part to avoid the judgment of others and of myself. 

 

May 23, 2018 | by Gabrielle Fecteau

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