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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 ArandaRead more
“I am not the same young woman I was when I was first diagnosed – I am 100% confident in who I am. But back then, I needed the help.”
This holiday season, you can help women facing cancer, like Yasmin and Eleanor, by making a gift to Look Good Feel Better. Until December 31st, Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. will match all donations – doubling the impact of your gift – so that even more women will be empowered through the knowledge and support offered at an LGFB workshop.
Dec. 12, 2019 | by Allie WiebeRead more
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 WiebeRead more
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 WiebeRead more
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
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 of …
June 14, 2019 | by Suzanne ArandaRead more
Fifteen years ago, Aida was 30 years old, with a 6-month-old son and had just been diagnosed with cancer.
The diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma was devastating. Having a new baby at home and learning to navigate life as a new mother as well as a cancer patient was the hardest thing Aida had ever done. As much as the treatment was physically and mentally taking its toll, she was surprised to find another thing weighing on her – the changes to her appearance.
June 12, 2019 | by Allie WiebeRead 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