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Surviving Breast Cancer (and what you can do to help!)

Posted by Claire | Monday April 1, 20136 comments

Recently we told you about a fundraiser for an important cause, specifically the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers. This 2-day walk through scenic Toronto in September directly benefits women's cancer research and patient care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Why should this matter to you? Statistics tell us that 1 in 9 Canadian women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, so chances are either you or someone you love has been affected by it. Two years ago I had a bad scare when my doctor told me my very first mammogram had "abnormalities". I'm thankful to tell you that it turned out to be a harmless cyst, but it was a wake-up call nonetheless.

We want to take this opportunity to share about one of the brave women who participated in a recent Walk. Here is her story:

I’m walking for my mom and myself who are survivors, and my daughter as well…And my two best friends, we decided we were going to do the Walk together. 

This is my fifth year, I was pregnant my first year. This time I’m 38 weeks pregnant - I’m really excited. Doing this walk has been really special, the day before he’s going to be born. 

I was 36 when I was diagnosed. I didn't think it would happen so young. It’s really hard, when you’re that young and you have young kids. The first thing that goes through your mind is, what about my children? 

I definitely feel a special connection to the Princess Margaret Hospital. The doctors there are amazing. You don’t really feel like you’re in a hospital, it’s the best situation you can have. 

Since I've been diagnosed, my daughter says to me, “Mommy, I don’t want to become an adult, 'cuz I don’t want a booby infection.” And I look at her and say, “You don’t have to worry about that, because by the time you’re an adult we’ll have a cure for this,” and you know, I want to make that come true. I hope that this walk will be obsolete for my daughter.

This year's event is taking place on September 7 and 8, 2013 in Toronto. If you are interested in participating, please click the image below to register now.

For more information about the Walk, read this article or click here to visit the event website.

Have you done this event in past years? Or have you been affected by breast or gynecological cancer? Join us to discuss!
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on June 16, 2017  dperrault  9,738 said:

In 2003 i had the idea to register to the dragon boat races,
my oncologist thought it would tire me to much.
I didn't get in to it!

on June 12, 2017  dperrault  9,738 said:

Mon premier cancer du sein(2003) c'est mon oncologues qui l'a détecter le premier jour ou j'allais commencer un protocole de chimiothérapie après une intervention chirurgical au colon. Ils ont fait 2 chirurgies en essayant de sauver les meubles(expression très québécoise) j'en ais eu marre et j'ai demandé qu'il fasse l'ablation complète. Cette intervention a permis que je ne fasse pas de radiothérapie! Dix ans plus tard tout est a recommencer, chirurgie du sein (juste un peu plus haut) 30 sessions de radiothérapie et quelque mois plus tard autre cancer du colon donc chirurgie (il reste un quart de colon) Autre traitements de chimiothérapie. Je n'aie supporté que 4 traitements. L'important pour l'instant c'est que je suis là pour vous écrire! Ce qui est des cause à donner du support, depuis plus de 12 ans je donne tous les mois $8 dollars à MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES

on April 02, 2013  takoda  28,648 said:

We have dragon boat races for breast cancer every year. This walk and others like it are great ways for everyone to get involved

on April 01, 2013  Bren  25,170 said:

This is a wonderful cause....I have lost many loved ones to cancer :(

on April 01, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

This is beautiful. Such a fantastic cause.

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