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“Take it day-by-day. Do what’s best for you.”

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 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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Hair today, Gone Tomorrow

I really didn’t expect to be so upset by my hair loss. I’d had short hair for as long as I could remember, thought it would be no big deal. My hair had been every colour under the rainbow, even, I think, my own. I had grown it out the year before my diagnosis, and kept it a pretty “grown up” blonde.

Dec. 17, 2018 | by JC Chessell

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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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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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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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I Got It from My Mama

With May being the month of celebrating Mothers (although it should be all year round), this blog is dedicated to the woman who held the table I leaned on for me during lumbar punctures; the woman who would run over to me while I threw up even when I wanted her nowhere near me; the woman who knew how not to treat me differently; the woman who kept it all together even when it felt impossible – I am PROUD to call her my Mom.

May 23, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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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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Survivor's Guilt: The guilt of letting go after cancer

As sad as this may be, or as weird as it may come across, I miss having cancer. Let me explain...

March 20, 2018 | by Adriana Lombardo

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