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Cheryl: A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Two moves in two years! In 2000, we moved across country from Comox, British Columbia to Sarnia, Ontario, and then in 2001 to Burlington, Ontario all for my husband's work. Here I was at age 44 in a new city, with a new home, new schools for the teen-aged children and a new job. I was hired for a Kindergarten position by a school board with the policy that one must have a physical upon employment. The doctor found a lump on my left breast. Following a mammogram and ultrasound I saw a surgeon, expecting a biopsy, and was shocked to be informed that the imaging was enough for her to diagnose… » Read More

Lynn: "I'm a positive person at heart"

It was the morning of 9/11. The Twin Towers were on fire and I was in my doctor’s office having just been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. There I was, watching the disaster unfold on TV while having to accept breast cancer. I had just turned 45 and the world was falling apart.

Due to complications in finding the tumor in my breast, what was supposed to be a lumpectomy quickly turned into a bilateral mastectomy.  After a few years of hormonal therapy on tamoxifen and a change of diet to organic and healthier eating,… » Read More

Janis: "Mommy, will you still have cancer on my birthday?"

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49 and at the time I was in my early 20's. I remember telling her it was one of the 'better' cancers to get. How naive I was at the time. I never understood her fear and as far as I knew BC was curable.


I was diligent about monthly self-breast exams and even had my first mammogram at age 35. I knew getting BC was a possibility, but not in my 30's? I was officially diagnosed right after turning 40. I was shocked when my pathology report came back that I was a stage IIIC just a breath away from Stage IV.

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Carol: Finding joy in a dark time

I am a 66 year-old retired nurse. I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in October 2010. It was my first cancer diagnosis, and I was shocked, not only because of the seriousness of this disease, but because I had a negative mammogram 4 months prior to the discovery of "the lump." I discovered it in the shower on September 11th...another reason I will always remember that date! I had an itchy feeling on the lateral side of my left breast. I remember scratching and realized it was the same location as the stereotactic biopsy of the left breast I had in February 2009. The results of that… » Read More

Pamela Lipton: Being ready to deal with a new treatment

In February, 2005, after a routine mammography, I was diagnosed as stage 1. One month later, I was informed it was probably stage 2. Then my oncologist ordered a scan to "make sure the cancer hadn't spread." Wow... that had never even occurred to me. I was stunned that cancer spread was even a possibility. I was still reeling from the initial diagnosis of breast cancer.. and now my head was filled with thoughts of possible cancer spread.


As it turned out... my cancer was not stage 1 as first thought .... it was not stage 2 as they later thought.… » Read More

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