With the cooler weather and the colour of the leaves changing before our eyes, the long lazy days of summer are a thing of the past. Thinking back, one of our best memories from the summer was the month of August when we dedicated time each week to share Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Stories about the children and families whose lives have been affected by the organization and their member hospitals. It was just one of the many things we did throughout Month of Miracles, but for October we are changing our focus to highlight out other amazing community partners, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with the CIBC Run for the Cure completed, it’s time to focus on the stories of people and families whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
Tanya's StoryBreast Cancer Awareness Month
In August 2015, I embarked on a journey that has forever changed my life. I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was also six months pregnant. Life changed – my husband and l, along with family went from guessing the gender of our baby to questioning whether the baby and I were going to live.
Unfortunately, the hormones from the pregnancy were causing the cancer to grow rapidly. I remember early in the process of being diagnosed, sitting in the doctor’s office wondering if I was going to make it.
Meeting with my medical teams, a treatment plan was created and agreed upon. In the next weeks, I would complete a number of tests and start chemotherapy. My care included chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation, along with monitoring and early delivery of my baby.
On November 19, 2015, I delivered a 6 lb 12 oz healthy baby girl. Doctors were impressed by my daughter’s strength and great health, proving my little girl was resilient.
Today, I have completed all my treatment. While there have been difficult times on this journey, I can say I made it! I did not go through this journey alone. I had unconditional support from family, friends, colleagues and community. My medical teams are some of the most caring and compassionate people. I am grateful for the many silver linings and wonderful people that have come into my life this past year. This journey is far from over, but today I can say there is a happy ending.
Through Home for a Cure, RE/MAX associates have the opportunity to help create a future without breast cancer. Since 2005, RE/MAX agents have contributed more than $1.8M by donating a portion of home sales directly to CBCF. Click the button below to learn more and get involved to help women like Tanya!