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Christina’s story: young and fit women get cancer too

In July 2017, Christina was diagnosed with early stage endometrial cancer. The 33 years-old had no symptoms, no bleeding, no bloating, and no pain during sex: she was in the best shape of her life! Today, the uterine and breast cancer thriver shares her story and tells us why genetic testing can save your life. Does this look like someone who has cancer? We can't assume young people don’t get cancer. We all have biases, but our medical professionals must set these biases asid

Alexis’ story: I’m proof you can survive Mesothelioma

At 37, Alexis was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos, mesothelioma. When some patients don’t even survive one year, Alexis survived 12 and even helped her partner Christian through his own cancer diagnosis. Today, Alexis talked about beating the odds and dealing with survivor's guilt. Alexis' story Alexis Kidd received her mesothelioma diagnosis more than 12 years ago. So excuse her for not remembering everything. What’s important is she’s still al

Millennial's story: the beauty in bald

Just shy of her 30th birthday, Millennial was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Today, the working mama and wife shares her story and insights on how to overcome a cancer diagnosis, find your beautiful through baldness, and stay grounded and grateful on your cancer journey. Millennial's story How did you find out you had cancer? I was 29 in the Summer of 2016 and I was just getting a good footing on balancing work, family and personal needs when I learned of my diagnosis of Non H

Stacey's story: I wish I knew I could store my tumour

8 years ago, breast cancer thriver Stacey went for her first mammogram at 40 years old. Today, the brave mama shares what she wishes she knew about personalised cancer treatment options. If you or someone you love is affected by cancer, it pays to know that no two tumours are alike, and each contains critical information to your treatment. Stacey's story After the scan of my breasts, I went home and waited for the results. I didn't think much of it as breast cancer doesn't ru

Lucy's story: how to break the cancer news to family & friends

Your doctor tells you that you have cancer. One thing that comes to mind is: how will I tell my loved ones? Lucy Phillips, a wife and mama of four from Missouri, was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer at only 25. Today, she shares her story and insights. Lucy's story Weeks after being proposed to by the love of her life, Lucy was diagnosed with Stage 2A squamous cell carcinoma in January 2017. After attending a routine Pap test that she admits she was behind on, Lucy was

Kelsie's story: the first 30 days of my cancer diagnosis

Kelsie Barnhart, 27 years old, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer only days before Christmas. In this blog, she candidly shares the first 30 days of her cancer diagnosis with incredible wisdom, strength and resilience beyond her years. The first 30 days of Kelsie's cancer diagnosis "I can count on one hand the number of times I felt like I was dreaming even when I was awake: The time I found out Santa Claus wasn’t real. The first time a boy I liked held my hand. The ti

"I had cervical cancer and I'm NOT ashamed: 5 easy ways to shred the shame"

All you need to know about what cervical cancer is, how to protect yourself from it, and how to shred the shame that often comes from talking about our lady garden and the so called "sex cancer". But first, let me say "yes, I had cervical cancer and I’m not ashamed". Ok, I'll admit it: I'm not one to be ashamed about my cervical cancer journey. Maybe that's because I understand it or maybe that's because it takes a lot to shame a French woman about her sexuality and womanhood

I didn't fight cancer; I learnt to let go

Although going through cancer does feel like a battle at times, it's time for a fresh take on what "battling cancer" truly means. Cancer isn’t a fight: it's a journey Today, my teeth still grind when I hear a journalist says: “this woman loss her battle against cancer". To me, this statement doesn't only lack compassion, it's ludicrous: you can't fight against your own body. Cancer isn't an invader: it's our own cells misbehaving – a reminder to self-love and self-care. Altho