Kathy’s story: To be happier, healthier and stronger in the face of cancer
When a person is faced with a life-threatening diagnosis, they often realize what’s most important to them. For Kathy, it was the love of her family and every moment she gets to share with them – from the ordinary moments like reading her son his favourite story to the extraordinary ones, like seeing his face light up when he opens presents on Christmas morning.
Sitting in her doctor’s office the day she was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer, Kathy wasn’t sure how many more moments she would get.
While her cancer journey was challenging, Kathy shares how the love of her family and compassionate support from the Canadian Cancer Society were there to help her every step of the way.
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“We made a pact that this experience would make us happier, healthier and stronger,” shares Kathy.
So, the couple turned to our website for information on making healthy choices. They began eating better, sleeping more, finding balance in work, exercising and managing stress. Kathy even started running again – something she used to love to do. Taking control of their health allowed Kathy and her family to feel more positive and hopeful about the future.
“Exercise made a huge difference for my well-being throughout my treatment and beyond,” shares Kathy. “I’m so grateful for the information and support I received from the Canadian Cancer Society – it will help me sustain these new lifestyle changes in the years to come.”
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For Kathy, her cancer treatment was both physically and emotionally challenging. She found it difficult to cope with treatment side effects.
During this time, Kathy leaned on her family for love and support. When she had questions about her treatment, she turned to our nationwide support system, including our toll-free Cancer Information Helpline.
Kathy's not alone in finding the support she needed through this important service. With a caring voice on the other end, our cancer information specialists provide a shoulder to lean on for thousands of people affected by cancer and their caregivers every year. Having a trusted and compassionate resource to turn to can make all the difference.
“The love of my family and the support I received got me through,” says Kathy.
We share in Kathy’s powerful message of love. With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, cancer affects us all. But this holiday season, we can come together to show our love and support. Together, we can show that love is stronger than cancer.
With the uncertainty of COVID-19, we know the holidays will be different this year. Sending love and hope matters more than ever. Help us fund groundbreaking research and a nationwide support system that’s there for Canadians affected by cancer when they need us most.