RADIATION THERAPY- My experience

RADIATION THERAPY- My experience

After undergoing IV chemotherapy for 6 months, which was one of the most challenging experiences physically I have ever endured, radiation felt like a walk in the park. The fear is present though, we’ve all googled radiation and we know the ‘negative effects’ it can have on us right? So making the decision to have it can be tough for some.
5 MINS WITH BRITTANY FERNS- Artist Collaboration Series

5 MINS WITH BRITTANY FERNS- Artist Collaboration Series

In case you missed it I launched an Artist Collaboration recently and I want to share with you a bit about this months incredibly talented artist Brittany Ferns. Not only did she create an amazing piece for you to all enjoy as T shirts and Totes, but she has donated it to help us raise money for our youth program! What a woman!

WHAT NOT TO SAY TO SOMEONE WHO HAS CANCER

WHAT NOT TO SAY TO SOMEONE WHO HAS CANCER

You really need to ‘read the room’. Most people just want to be heard, not given advice. They want understanding and empathy, they may not want a positive spin on everything. Yet some might. They need their feelings and emotions validated. Yet there is no rule book on how to best do this with any given individual based on their needs in that specific moment in time.

CANCER HAS ROBBED ME OF SO MUCH

CANCER HAS ROBBED ME OF SO MUCH

Cancer has stripped me of my innocence. I miss the naive way I used to walk through the world. Knowing all too well that bad things existed, as I watched them unfold around me. I knew I wasn't immune, yet my innocence seemingly protected me from the possibility of them becoming my reality.

THE BIG SHAVE

THE BIG SHAVE

My hair, other than being my security blanket to hide my insecurities behind, was always one of my favourite features. It was thick, messy and wild at times. I loved it. But it was time to face this head on, I wasn't going to let Cancer strip me of my hair, I was going to do it myself on my own terms!

‘ALTERNATIVE OR MAINSTREAM’- The decision of a lifetime

‘ALTERNATIVE OR MAINSTREAM’- The decision of a lifetime

After I was diagnosed, my brain turned to mush. I couldn’t compartmentalize my thoughts, I couldn’t focus, my mind felt so fleeting and all over the place I felt like I had mental vertigo.
ACCEPTING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS

ACCEPTING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS

  • When you're diagnosed with cancer, you have a choice. The choice to identify as the victim and wallow in the ‘why did this happen to me’, or you can allow yourself to feel that, but not remain in that state. 
‘SO, YOU HAVE CANCER..’

‘SO, YOU HAVE CANCER..’

There’s no other way I can explain it other than surreal. It was numbing, acceptance and disbelieve all simultaneously. At 36 I was told I have cancer in my breast and lymph nodes.
‘I’VE FOUND A LUMP’

‘I’VE FOUND A LUMP’

I wasn’t even ‘checking’, I wasn’t even aware I was touching my breasts one night while watching television when I felt something that resembled a frozen pea under the skin in my right breast.
WHY I’M SHARING MY STORY

WHY I’M SHARING MY STORY

I knew there was a greater purpose to me getting cancer, when I realized it was about being the success story I couldn’t find and helping others, everything changed in that very moment.