When were you diagnosed and at what age?
I was diagnosed at age 34, in March 2017.
What type of cancer?
Triple positive breast cancer
Who or what has been your biggest motivator?
My children! Having to make sure I stay healthy for them was the biggest motivator rme to kick cancer's ass!
What advice would you give people who are early stages of their diagnosis?
The best advice I would give anyone is to stay as positive as you possibly can. Having a negative mind will impact your well being and how you recover, yet will not change the outcome. Meaning that yes, you were diagnosed with this terrible disease, but being miserable and moping all day about it will not change the fact that it is in your life and now you need to do everything you can to get healthy. But staying positive throughout this time will help tremendously, it will set your mind up for greater things that can come from this (i.e. starting a charity, fundraising, and overall helping others get through it). Have faith that everything will turn out ok and deeply believe this with everything that you've got.
How has cancer changed you?
Being diagnosed changed my life by bringing new people into my life. I met so many incredible people who were just like me, mothers, friends, daughters, wives, sisters etc., who were suddenly thrown into this crazy world. It was so nice to meet other people, to be part of a community no one really wants to join, but when it happens to you, its nice to know you have so much support.
It also made me realize that I needed to help out in any way that I could. I stated a fundraising initiative in Nov 2018, and to date have raised $13,500 for clinical trials at the Ottawa Hospital. I am looking forward to continuing my fundraising efforts.
I never thought I would be an inspiration to others, but since my diagnosis i have had many people come to me and say I was an inspiration to them, the way that I handled everything. I have been in the media a few times to discuss breast cancer and young patients and after each appearance on tv or in the paper, I had so many people expressing that my attitude has helped them with their own life issues etc. Apparently positivity is contagious! Another bonus to being positive.
What does fighting cancer look like for you?
The strongest of the strong, the bravest of the brave and the most resilient humans fight cancer with dignity and faith. Fighting cancer also looks like a community to me. A community rallies behind you. Families are going through it with you. Friends become sisters, strangers become friends and the bond is unbreakable.
A portion of our proceeds this month will be donated to the cancer charity of your choice. Which one would you like to donate to?
Ottawa Hospital Foundation- Clinical Trial Program (ReAct Clinical trial program)
Each month we will highlight one cancer fighter or survivor. A portion of our proceeds that month will be donated in that person’s name. If you would like to be featured, or would like to nominate someone, please contact us