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From Doctor to Patient: My Cancer Journey as a Pediatrician

When we’re in the doctor’s seat, we give patients diagnoses and explain side effects, but going through it all ourselves gives us a much more intimate and nuanced understanding. 

Nov. 30, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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My Cancer Journey: Learning to Look at Myself with Kinder Eyes

My hair has always been such a strong reflection of my identity. Knowing it was going to happen wasn’t enough to help me cope with it when it did happen.

Nov. 9, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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The Power of Leaning In, Accepting Help, and Dropping the Brave Face

I just didn’t have the energy to do a lot, but I felt that I should be doing more. The holiday season was approaching, and there were so many things I wanted to do but physically couldn’t.

Nov. 2, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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My Faith and My Boys – Support Throughout My Journey

I settled myself down and started to encourage myself – telling myself that I can get through this, and that lots of women had passed through this and survived. 

Sept. 20, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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No One Can Walk This Journey for You, but God Will Carry You Through

The Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) workshops were amazing. I loved learning how to do my eyebrows. And the instructor, who was a breast cancer survivor, was great.

Sept. 12, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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My Top Surprising Realizations During My Cancer Journey

Being able to transform my appearance and to take back some of that sense of identity helped me drastically to heal.

Aug. 16, 2022 | by Tania Amardeil

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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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