Learning from three bouts of breast cancer (Deborah’s story)

In this video, Deborah talks about having breast cancer at age 30, then again at age 35 and when it metastasized to her collarbone at age 44

Watch as Deborah talks about having breast cancer twice and then how it metastasized to her brachial plexus. She also talks about taking one day at a time, telling her kids, losing her hair and thinking of life and death.

She shares why she left work and how she made something good come of her cancer.

Deborah lives in Montréal and has two grown daughters. After the metastasis, she went on long-term disability and does a lot of volunteer work with cancer patients.

It’s so weird because I’m not going to say I’m glad it happened, but if I could say, I’m glad that it happened and I was able to take it and do something good with it.

Watch the video of Deborah talking about her breast cancer and what she learned

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.

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