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'I've walked in their shoes:' How a cancer diagnosis made this B.C. woman a better nurse

Kelley Adamson, a nurse Surrey, B.C., thought she was able to empathize with her cancer patients – until she was diagnosed with the disease herself.

July 17, 2017 | by Larissa Cahute

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My first steps forward after being diagnosed with breast cancer

Your first step is to give yourself permission to experience and express all of the emotions affecting you. There is no right or wrong way to feel after a cancer diagnosis, so take your emotions one day at a time and accept them as they come.

July 13, 2017 | by Georgia Gables

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This is what comforted me during cancer treatment

Today I'd like to talk about some of the things that were a comfort to me during my cancer treatments. I will go through some of the categories that are particularly difficult for cancer patients and talk about what within them helped get me through.

July 7, 2017 | by Ashlinn Sarah Jane

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My social life: Before and after cancer

My school rallied together and made a banner wishing me all the best and fast healing. People whom I hadn’t even really built a friendship with stepped forward to wish me well. It was overwhelmingly heartwarming to say the least...until it all stopped.

June 29, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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How to make chemo manageable

I've come to realize that chemo would be so extremely different if I wasn't surrounded by the people who constantly make me smile and laugh.

June 29, 2017 | by Lindsey Finkelstein

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Adriana & Emily: Mother-daughter team battling cancer together

After two years of cancer treatment, 20-year-old Adriana and her mom Emily have inspiring positivity, but it took trial, error and time to get here. They share their tips on the caregiver-patient relationship.

June 29, 2017 | by Larissa Cahute

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I ran a half marathon to raise funds for the cancer I was diagnosed with

A little over three years ago I ran a half marathon to raise funds for blood cancer. It was a particularly special event for me as the afternoon before my departure I was given the coordinates of my bone marrow donor.

June 19, 2017 | by Ashlinn Sarah Jane

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When is breast cancer "beaten?"

Determining when breast cancer has been truly beaten is not so simple, and it may depend on a variety of factors.

June 19, 2017 | by Georgia Gables

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The follow-up: It wasn't a relapse afterall

Prior to my hip replacement surgery, I was told I had relapsed and would be needing a bone marrow transplant. My world had changed. I thought I was “free” from all treatment and that I would be able to move forward after my hip replacement.

June 2, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Cane and pain-free: Adjusting to my new ceramic hip

I have never been so excited for an appointment as I was for this one. This appointment was going to determine whether or not all of my restrictions could get lifted – raised toilet seat, sitting on a wedge cushion, using a cane when I would go out, no bending, no twisting, the fear of sleeping in any other positon than my back...

May 26, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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