Cancer survivor ditches wine for a good cause with Dry Feb
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A month after her diagnosis, Jacqui was scheduled for a breast-conserving surgery – which is sometimes called a lumpectomy – and a sentinel lymph node removal. During surgery, doctors removed a third tumour the size of a small bean from Jacqui’s breast. The surgery was considered a success and she began chemotherapy and radiation treatment to reduce the risk of the cancer returning.
Jacqui remained optimistic through 20 rounds of radiation. She spent time with her husband and two teenage daughters, taking vacation across Canada and embracing her hair loss with friends. Jacqui felt drawn to help others through their journey with cancer and discovered a great way to get involved through the Canadian Cancer Society’s Dry Feb fundraiser.
“I saw a Facebook posting about Dry Feb and realized that it aligned perfectly for me,” says Jacqui. “Going alcohol-free fit into my health and wellness program. I saw it as a chance to take a break from wine while helping to raise funds for those with similar experiences to mine.”
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What many Canadians may not realize is drinking any type of alcohol can increase your risk of getting cancer, like head and neck, breast, stomach, pancreatic, colorectal and liver cancer. Participating in Dry Feb is a great way to raise awareness about the cancer cause among your network of friends and family, while also enjoying the health benefits of going alcohol-free for a month.
Just like Jacqui, you can help us make a difference. Go dry this Feb and feel the benefits. Register or donate today at DryFeb.ca