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I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September 2013, had a lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed in December 2013. January 2014 I started chemo and herceptin, followed by 5 weeks of radiation that was every day except the weekends and continued on with herceptin until January 2015. I had my port removed in Oct 2015 and have been on Tamoxifen since.
I have been approached by the Ottawa hospital to take part in an interdisciplinary program which could change the way pain is treated for breast cancer survivors suffering from chronic neuropathic pain. Close to half of women living with breast cancer suffer from persistent pain such as chronic neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nervous system. Nerves can be damaged by the cancer itself but they can also be damaged during surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. This type of pain is notoriously hard to treat.
"Pain is a sensation that triggers stress, fear and anxiety. It often comes with sleep problems and depression. Every day we see women who have persistent pain, and we see the profound impact it has on their lives," said Dr. Poulin, CBCF-funded researcher and a psychologist at The Ottawa Hospital. "We hope this program will work and significantly improve women's quality of life in the long term."
I am feeling very fortunate to be chosen for this research programme especially seeing as it is funded through the Run for the Cure which my team and I have taken part in for 5 years now. I will start in the research programme within the nexts couple of weeks.
And now I have a bigger incentive since another family member was also diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. Life is a gift and I intend to continue to laugh, love and dance through it all. I have the best support team possible. My family, my friends and my husband, daughter, granddaughters and son-in-law are my greatest supporters.
Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 42 percent since the peak in 1986 in large part due to research advancements which have improved earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation supports and advocates for the breast cancer community through health education programs and public policy focusing on risk reduction and early detection.
On Sunday, October 1st, I will be participating in the 2017 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Breast cancer is a cause that deeply motivates me and I am excited to be contributing to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision of creating a future without breast cancer.