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My Two Comforts in My Cancer Journey: Knowledge and Support

After I lost my hair, I attended a support group for the first time, at the Hearth Place in Oshawa, Ont. I was skeptical at first, to be honest. But I showed up and at first I didn’t talk, I just listened.

July 5, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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Embracing Community and a Sense of Normalcy in Beautiful New Brunswick

Despite my instincts telling me this was coming, it was still crushing news. You really don’t want to hear those words: “Yes, you have cancer.” My husband and I sat in the doctor’s office crying.

June 7, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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Never Too Old to Face Cancer Head on and to Feel Beautiful

I became upset with the continued reference to my age and that nothing could be done. I had lived almost 90 years and could accept death, but not until I could be at my granddaughter’s wedding in May 2022.

April 19, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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Standing Up and Speaking Up About Life with Stage 4 Cancer

There was something wrong with my health – I knew this truth in my bones. But every doctor I saw told me that I was just fine. In fact, they identified it as a mental health issue.

April 13, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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Black women and wigs

Hair is an essential part of many women’s identities […], and so some women find hair loss quite damaging to their esteem and self-concept, and they can experience this hair loss in a way that’s similar to grief.”

April 13, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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The Mysteries of Randomness

Randomness is ubiquitous. And to counteract its destabilizing effects, it is crucial to have all the resources possible, to have the right support and to believe in ourselves in order to overcome the pitfalls. The web of life is beautiful and, to me, embracing a state of marvel is important.

March 25, 2022 | by Colette Ladouceur

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Whether ‘Lioness’ or ‘Fluffy’, I am Katusha

For as long as I can remember my son’s nickname for me has been Lioness. Inspired by my full and bouncy curls, I felt empowered being likened to a fierce, independent, and protective animal like a lion.

Dec. 8, 2021 | by Katusha Lett

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COVID & the Holidays with Dr. Parkes

The holidays can be a great time to spread cheer, decompress, and spend time with loved ones. But it can also be a difficult time of year for many reasons. For those facing cancer and are immune compromised, deciding whether to join festivities and parties can be hard.

Dec. 7, 2021 | by Madina Tabesh

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When I was Diagnosed with Cancer at 21, I had an Identity Crisis Part 1

Would I still feel like a woman when anatomically speaking, a huge part of me was being taken away? What about my hair, the part of my physical appearance that makes me feel most feminine, falling out clump by clump from this intensive treatment?

Nov. 30, 2021 | by Becky Shields

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Sofia's Story

Think back to those teenage years. Feeling self-conscious about your appearance, dealing with social anxiety, hormonal changes, and the struggle for more independence. Now, add a cancer diagnosis into the mix, and you have an inkling of what Sofia Tomassini lived through in 2019.

Nov. 25, 2021 | by Mark Beamish

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