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My ultimate fight

On December 17, at the age of 48, Josée was diagnosed with a Sarcoma cancer, a very rare form of cancer that usually affects men, 50 years and older and tall. "I'm 135 pounds, I don’t smoke, and I was in good health," says Josée, "it was a real shock and a total misunderstanding”. Josée defines herself as a person who loves life, who is always positive, hardworking, athletic and who likes to be surrounded by people. Her life changed without warning ...

She was referred to a wonderful doctor to whom she entrusts her life with a feeling ...

June 14, 2019 | by Suzanne Aranda

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"The first steps to the old me": My first walk post-treatment and what I did to prepare

In my last blog, when I talked about my own recovery and “taking sickness to fitness” post-treatment, I credited my first walk for being the first steps in getting back to the old me. I also shared how scary those first steps can be - I hope that this story inspires someone to have the confidence to take theirs.

May 16, 2019 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Finding friendships through cancer: "They just get it."

As a nurse, Shelley has been helping patients navigate their health for years. But when she was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 1C breast cancer in the summer of 2017, she was thrust into a system she had spent years a part of – in a very different experience.

April 16, 2019 | by Allie Wiebe

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How I Overcame Cancer Fatigue

During my two and a half years of weekly chemotherapy, I had no energy. Like I’m sure many of you can relate, getting out of bed was a struggle; the idea of getting dressed made my head hurt. I forced myself to get up, get washed and dressed and move my body to the couch. Although I had been an active person before my diagnosis, the possibility of anything remotely close to exercise felt so far away from me at the time.

March 22, 2019 | by Adriana Lombardo

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"I'm taking sickness to fitness."

Hey! It's been awhile since I've shared with you. I've been ‘busy’ with school, work, and trying to stay on my feet. ‘Busy’. That word has a whole new meaning now that I'm 'back to normal'. I've actually been working on a few things that I feel would be beneficial to share with all of you.

March 12, 2019 | by Adriana Lombardo

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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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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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Survivor’s Guilt Part 2: Learning to Move Forward with My Past

Survivor’s guilt comes with a lot of emotions (as per my last blog). What I’ve learned to do this past month is to feel. Feel every emotion that comes moment-by-moment. It’s not easy because most of the time the feelings are unrecognizable – in the sense that I don’t know why they come when they come. I’m learning to slow down my thoughts so that I am able to recognize what triggers these emotions, if there even are triggers.

 

April 22, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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