Asking for help during breast cancer and making life changes afterwards (Sarah’s story)

In this video, Sarah talks about being diagnosed with stage one breast cancer five years before and needing to depend on others

Watch as Sarah talks about her breast cancer diagnosis at age 50 and spreading the word about it since the tumour was found by a mammogram. She also talks about underestimating the effects of radiation and needing to stop working full time.

She shares how she needed to depend on her family and friends and learned to ask for help. Sarah also discusses needing a point person in the healthcare system and changing her life by starting her own business.

After her treatment, Sarah started her own consulting practice, specializing in healthcare supply chain solutions. She is a cat lover and an avid gardener.

As I approach my five-year mark I’m getting anxious to make sure that I do get the all clear but I know when this happens that I will put it behind me. This does not define who I am and it will not define me.

Watch the video of Sarah talking about asking for help and making life changes

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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