Everyone’s cancer journey is unique. Still, there are some elements of that journey that are shared by many who have cancer.
Find out how Canadians diagnosed with cancer tackled the various stages of the cancer journey – from getting the news, telling friends and family, talking to kids and being your own advocate, to issues of body image, coping and practical advice. Our themed videos explore each issue from several different perspectives.
Telling friends and family
“I think if I broke down, that would have been helpful for them. They could have consoled me. But I didn’t allow that.”
Find out how Amita and others communicated with those close to them.
Talking to kids
“We also found it really important to involve our kids in the whole thing.”
Learn more about how Jennifer and others dealt with telling their kids they had cancer.
Getting the news
“I almost felt a bit frantic during those first few weeks afterwards because you think “OK, I do have cancer, so what does this mean?”
Learn more about how Karen and others handled the news of a cancer diagnosis.
Be your own advocate
“I think having just a sense of involvement in my own care has and continues to be hugely important to me.”
Watch Janet and others share their perspectives on being your own advocate.
What I learned about myself
“It took a knock on my head like cancer for me to feel this great joy of my life.”
Find out what Sandra and others learned about themselves from having cancer
“It’s a bit unsettling when you’re used to seeing yourself with hair to suddenly find you’re as bald as a billiard ball.”
See how Pert and others dealt with their changing body image.
The hard parts
“Well, we always see on TV or different areas where people get news such as getting cancer and it’s devastating. You really don’t know how devastating it is until it happens to you.”
Hear how Chris and others dealt with the most difficult parts of having cancer
“I approached my whole experience with cancer like a hockey playoff series. I thought about it in those terms; I talked about it in those terms.”
Find out how Geoff and others coped with having cancer.
“And I think the best advice that I can give people is to feel your fear, meet your fear and try and leave the fear a little bit to the side. Don’t let it define every single waking moment.”
Get practical advice from Marla and others who have experienced cancer.
“The treatment for cancer is sometimes referred to as a full-time job. I can say that it is a job and a half when you live where I do because it’s pretty difficult here in the north.”
Find out how Dave and others managed their experiences with cancer while living in rural areas.
Returning to Work
“Getting back into the workforce, getting back into a normal life or trying to find that new normal – I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Learn from Lindsay and others on how they addressed their decisions about returning to work.
Last updated: June 18, 2013