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Archive – 2018

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What to expect when you’re not expecting cancer: Christa and Kate’s story

Christa and Kate are both young women, mothers, and in 2016, just 3 months apart, both diagnosed with terminal cancer. Kate was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and Christa with metastatic cervical cancer.

Dec. 7, 2018 | by Suzanne Aranda

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It's Been a Slice

At the young age of 30, I never thought I’d have to hear the words “you have breast cancer” and they sure do resonate with you. I had been playing soccer in February of 2018 when I got elbowed in my left breast. Instantly, I felt a lump and assumed it had just been a cyst that had formed because of the trauma to the area.

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“An experience unlike any I’d ever had.”

After being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, Denika Philpott was terrified and feeling vulnerable. It’s early on in her chemo treatments that her mother signed her up for Look Good Feel Better workshop. “It was an experience unlike any I’d ever had,” she says.

Nov. 26, 2018 | by

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Just Do It: Empowerment Through Changes

It has been three years and counting since my cancer experience with began. During those years, I have changed drastically for what I believe is the better. The person I am today brings me joy. I am proud of who I am and what I stand for.

Nov. 19, 2018 | by Gabrielle Fecteau

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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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