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Every day, 75 Canadians will hear the words “you have breast cancer.”
Last year, I heard those words. Nothing really prepares you for something that could really happen to any one of us, but we shield ourselves by thinking it only happens to 'other' people. It won't happen to me. I'm healthy and make good (ok, half decent..) lifestyle choices. Well it did. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2021 (specifically er/pr+ , Stage 1, grade 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma). I had surgery, radiation and now take preventative care through hormone therapy. I came out the other side with only a few scars and gratitude towards the kindness and compassion of my team at RVH and those that took time from their day to check in, drop off food, and of course for my family that supported me throughout.
Two feelings that are difficult to shed now though are guilt and fear.
Guilt over all the other people that were diagnosed this year but had more devastating outcomes. Why did I get 'lucky'?
I also have now live with the fear of a reoccurance. I'm keeping it pretty controlled and my risk is low, but it's an uneasy cobweb that lingers at the back of my mind.. Is this glass of wine, sugary treat or toxic bug spray wreaking havoc inside and creating the the perfect storm for a new little demon to sprout?
I know I'm not alone in these feelings. I've talked to so many people that feel the same way. The good news is, diagnostic tests and treatment have come an incredibly long way from when cancer meant a death sentence. Research, medical trials, and fundraising have all contributed to increased survival rates.
This is where we still have work to do.
Please contribute what you can to help me achieve my fundraising goal. Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation will fund the best breast cancer research in Canada and a vitally important support system that helps people with breast cancer and their families nationwide.
Did you know that just $100 could fund two hours of life-saving research in a world class laboratory? Your contribution could lead to the next breakthrough!
Thanks in advance for your support!
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