Janet MacQuarrie- A Breast Cancer Survivor
04 October 2012
Raise your hand if cancer has affected your life.
Almost everyone has someone in their life who has been touched by cancer, be it a parent, sibling, friend, or maybe even you.
This year alone close to 900 Islanders will be diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, it is estimated that every week two women on PEI will be told they have breast cancer.
I was one of those women. In late August 2002 I visited my doctor with a bruise on the lower part of my right breast. Believing it to be an infection I was put on antibiotics, but once I finished the medication the bruise was still there. After more testing, I heard those dreaded words…“You have cancer”.
I was determined to continue living my life and not let my diagnosis deter me. My husband, Donald, who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, was a driving force for me to get better. I felt this was a test of my character, and my faith gave me the strength to fight.
After surgery to remove the right breast, I went through six months of chemotherapy and one month of radiation with Donald by my side. I embraced my hair loss and continued to do the things I loved.
I vowed that if I survived I would become a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society to give hope to others going through a similar journey. I wanted to help people realize that information is power and that it’s important they learn about the disease and the options available to them. I also wanted them to know that they need to be their own advocate when it comes to their health.
Today I am cancer free and have enjoyed volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society on PEI for almost nine years. It has been some of the most rewarding work of my life.
On Prince Edward Island more women die of breast cancer, per capita, than in any other province in the country, but you can help change that…please encourage the women in your life who are between the ages of 50 and 69 to get screened today!
You’ll be pleased to know that we are making progress. Thanks to incredible research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. The dramatic improvements in early detection and treatment of breast cancer are helping people, like me, lead long and healthy lives.
Please join me in the fight against breast cancer by donating today. Do it for someone you know!
Janet MacQuarrie Breast Cancer Survivor Dedicated Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.