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Facing Cancer...Again: COVID & Resiliency

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice in my life. Once 25 years ago and again earlier this year.

Dec. 17, 2020 | by Shelley McKenna

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COVID, Cancer, and a Wedding: Andrea's Story

Breast Cancer, a global pandemic, my wedding: these are all things that have happened in 2020. While this year has not been exactly like I had planned, life rarely unfolds the way any of us envision it.

Nov. 3, 2020 | by Andrea Rodrigues

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Motherhood, Cancer, and Finding a Community Through it All

Becoming a parent can be one of the most life-changing times in a person’s life.  This holds true for Ember in more ways than one.

Oct. 8, 2020 | by Madina Tabesh

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Celebrating Our Community: The Universality of WINKing

Shari and Erinn amazing Look Good Feel Better volunteers, but they are also long time Shoppers Drug Mart employees! This unique experience allows Shari and Erinn to understand the importance of #WINKDay.

Aug. 17, 2020 | by Madina Tabesh

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How a Young Mom is Handling Cancer After Giving Birth

After giving birth to my second child I found out that I had a malignant 5 cm tumor in my breast that would likely require a mastectomy. I went through all sorts of emotions while experiencing the hormonal rollercoaster ride, I was already on from giving birth. I found it all unfathomable. 

June 18, 2020 | by Alison Kidd

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What's in My Chemo Bag?

I figured showing what all I bring to the hospital each chemo session might be interesting or helpful to some of you. So here we go!
 

Jan. 2, 2020 | by Stephanie Dawn Cansfield

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When mother and daughter face cancer together

Diagnosed with cancer one month apart from each other, Marie-Paule, and Mélissa find their strength in each other.

Last May, Marie-Paule received her ovarian cancer diagnosis at the age of 64. It came as a shock to the entire family as  she was the first person diagnosed with cancer in her family.

Against all odds, her daughter Mélissa was also diagnosed with cancer only a few weeks later – breast cancer, stage 2. She is 30.

Dec. 13, 2019 | by Suzanne Aranda

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Know that you are never alone

This May, a year after she first heard the words ‘breast cancer’ from her doctor and underwent a lumpectomy, Laura was devastated to learn that she had been re-diagnosed – stage 4 triple negative.

Her best friend Jess had gone with her to the appointment, which was Laura’s one-year screening.

Dec. 9, 2019 | by Allie Wiebe

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A single gift can support two women facing cancer

Last year, Katie and Karie were sitting in a room with eight other women of various ages and backgrounds – all who had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Katie and Karie had never met before, each travelling from different treatment centres to attend a Look Good Feel Better workshop. Both young women had just begun losing their hair during chemotherapy and were eager to learn how to manage these changes, before the hair loss affected their eyelashes and brows.

It’s easy to forget how much of our identity is related to our physical appearance – but at such a …

Nov. 21, 2019 | by Allie Wiebe

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Katie's Story: "I share so that others can receive the same support."

Last spring, Katie was playing soccer when she got elbowed in her left breast. Reacting to the hit, she brought her hand to her chest – instantly feeling a lump. At only thirty-years-old, cancer was not something that crossed Katie’s mind. She was concerned about the lump, but she assumed it had formed because of the trauma to the area from her soccer injury. 

Over the next couple months, the lump grew larger, harder and had started to feel painful. At the urging of a friend, Katie went to the hospital to get it checked out. Within a few hours …

Sept. 27, 2019 | by Allie Wiebe

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