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It started off as a hunch. It came from anecdotal evidence….talking to friends, speaking with fellow breast cancer survivors. As a peer supporter for Breast Cancer Action Ottawa, I hear more than the average person from women who are affected by breast cancer. It is also a common topic of conversation for me, so it…

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I am a one and half year survivor of breast cancer, with no family history of the disease. For years after my annual mammogram, I received a letter from my gynecologist, stating “normal,” but there was always a note saying, “you have dense breasts.” For a woman who works out every day doing cardio and/or…

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In Memory: Anne

We are saddened to learn that Anne passed away in December 2023. Here is her story in her own words: I was diagnosed with bilateral lobular breast cancer in May 2019, but my story starts long before that. I can’t turn back time, but I hope that my story will give other women information, the…

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My story began at the age of 24; I found what I thought was a lump in my right breast. I thought it was going to be nothing serious, especially since I did what we all do in a moment of panic and Googled what it could possibly be. I didn’t feel overly worried and…

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In 2013, I figured out I had dense breasts, but didn’t understand what that meant. Every time I went for a mammogram, they were always suspicious of a spot on the lower inside quadrant of my right breast. They couldn’t see it very well, so they always did another scan. Somehow I understood that mammograms…

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I didn’t want to tell our sons because I knew I would start crying and that would scare them. But I could see the fear in their eyes anyway when my husband calmly explained that their mom had breast cancer.They were 13 and 15. In 2013, after I discovered a lump in my left breast,…

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Every time I think about the destiny that was planned for me by a healthcare system I trusted, the words of an Ed Sheeran song play in my head, “Memories of a life that’s been loved…but mum, there’s a tear every time that I blink…oh, I’m in pieces, it’s tearing me up, but I know…

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Looking back now, I credit the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick for helping me find my breast cancer. I was attending a conference at the hotel and gearing up for a busy day when I hopped in the shower. The hotel showers do not have those puffs that I use at home to…

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I was diagnosed in early July 2017.  I was 51 years old, a police officer, wife and busy mother of a 15-year-old daughter.  I didn’t have time for cancer.  6 months earlier I had some calcifications detected in my left breast by mammogram.  They were biopsied, and I was assured they weren’t cancer but rather…

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