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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 WiebeRead more
Leisse Wilcox lives by the motto, “Take whatever it is that happened to shape you throughout your life, and make it your own. Make it make sense. Make it serve a purpose. Make it absolutely beautiful.”
Although a self-proclaimed ‘relentless optimist’ and advocate for self-love, Leisse confesses that being diagnosed with breast cancer last August, just a week before her 37th birthday, was an unexpected and trying test of these beliefs.
Aug. 7, 2019 | by Allie WiebeRead more
Nailing that insta-worthy selfie can be quite the hassle. After all, there are a ton of factors involved in taking the perfect selfie. Lighting, angles, and your surroundings all play a role in capturing your inner glow. Adding a friendly wink to the mix can make it a smidge more difficult to snap.
But if that winking selfie can help women with cancer feel like themselves again, who wouldn’t be up for the challenge? It’s the most selfless selfie you can take!
Read on for 3 of my top tips to take your winking selfie game to the next level.
June 12, 2019 | by Lumen BeltranRead more
This was the first time I had been in a room with a group of other women with cancer. Although cancer is a club you wish nobody needed to join, it was reassuring to see people so positive at various stages of their experience. Beside me sat a woman with no hair who was radiantly smiling and looking beautiful. I began to realize that this event was not about looking good by someone else’s standard but about and feeling comfortable in your own skin. I immediately felt it was going to be okay.
May 24, 2019 | by Shawna PotjeRead more
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 LombardoRead more
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 WiebeRead more
One year ago, Jennie had just returned to her hometown of Napanee, Ontario, after a year teaching English in the UK. She was 25-years-old and was supply teaching locally when she came down with what she thought was the flu. Living in a town without a walk-in clinic, she made a trip to the ER after becoming concerned with how tired and short of breath she was feeling.
March 29, 2019 | by Allie WiebeRead more
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 LombardoRead more
After raising a tremendous $12,000 in support of Look Good Feel Better last year, Grit & Grace is back this February 2nd with an even bigger goal: $25,000 for women facing cancer and 1,000,000m rowed, for Laura.
Jan. 14, 2019 | by Allie WiebeRead more
You may remember we first met Lan and Yvette last year when they attended a Look Good Feel Better workshop together.
Best friends since grade two, the pair had already been through many life milestones together. They had seen each other through career successes, weddings, motherhood – and then breast cancer, receiving their diagnoses just four days apart.
Dec. 20, 2018 | by Suzanne ArandaRead more