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My breast cancer story begins much earlier than my own personal diagnosis. At the age of 36, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and after a gruelling three year battle, sadly passed away at age 39. I was only 9 years old. I was always told by family and friends to stay…

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In early July, 2021, I was 43 years-old with a 13 year-old son. I had a boyfriend of two years, a vacation to Lake Superior Provincial Park planned for later that summer, and I was in the final stages of the hiring process for a job I really wanted.After a shower one night, I found…

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At the age of 40, I was doing a regular breast exam. I felt a lump in my left breast. Because I am a Registered Nurse, I work closely with physicians who are also friends. I asked one to feel the lump and she said she wasn’t worried but we should have it imaged. I…

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Terri Lynn

This is my story…My mother was diagnosed at 60 with breast cancer, she had to have a lumpectomy and radiation. As soon as I heard the news, I went straight to my family doctor. I asked if I could have a mammogram because my mother was just diagnosed, and I had heard all about early…

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I started having regular mammograms at the age of 47 because my mother had breast cancer at 57. All the mammograms were clear as read by the radiologist. My most recent one was April 27, 2022 and it also was clear. Two weeks later, I noticed my breast was very misshapen. I saw my nurse…

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In Memory of Sharon Olson

Presented to Saskatchewan government April 4, 2023 by Sharon’s sister Marjorie Olson. Sharon Olson was born May 10, 1962 and died August 5, 2022. She was Lois and Roland Olson’s daughter, sister to three brothers and three sisters. When Sharon found a lump in her armpit in 2017, her doctor sent her for a mammogram…

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Hello, My name is Anne Zakem. I was one of the 20,000+ Islanders without a doctor, until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My mammogram screening in March 2021 stated no indication of breast cancer, no detection of any abnormality suggestive of breast cancer. There was a note at the bottom of the report that…

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In July 2021, I was diagnosed with triple positive Stage 2B breast cancer with one positive lymph node, at my first ever routine mammogram and ultrasound at age 40. I have a family history, so I was able to start screening at age 40 in Alberta. My surgeon and oncologist were unable to feel the…

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Meet Marilyn. Becoming educated about the risks of dense breasts led to her being proactive and to her earlier diagnosis. Although it’s never a diagnosis one wants to hear, for me, while it seriously concerned me, was not devastating as the cancer was caught early. I have Jennie Dale and a friend Beverly to thank…

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