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A record-breaking Localife Winnipeg event! (November 26, 2018)
Localife Winnipeg gets the gang together again (September 13, 2018)
Spiffy in the summertime (July 20, 2018)
A beautiful afternoon with a beautiful crew (July 9, 2018)
Localife Winnipeg had a rolling good time! (May 8, 2018)
On December 23, 2015, I received the news that I had breast cancer. At the time, my two little girls were aged five and seven. The year following, my diagnosis was incredibly challenging. I underwent surgery, chemo, radiation and a year of targeted treatments. It was difficult to do the things I once had while still having the energy required to be a mom to young kids! But they were definitely my inspiration and reason to keep fighting.
While going though treatments in Winnipeg, it became apparent to me how young I was in terms of someone receiving a cancer diagnosis. Everyone in the oncology unit was a couple decades older than me, so it was hard to find anyone I could relate to. In 2016, a year after my diagnosis, I came across YACC’s website and decided to attend one of their retreats. At the retreat, I was able to connect with many cancer survivors my age. It was truly life changing and I have been drinking the YACC Kool-Aid ever since!
In 2017, I attended the Survivor Conference and I also volunteered at the Big Cancer Hook-up in Winnipeg where I finally met other local cancer survivors. I was amazed how many other cancer survivors my age were living in Winnipeg, and wondered if they had all been hiding under a rock for the last year! I realized that living in a smaller city, finding other cancer survivors my age was like finding a needle in a haystack. I decided I was going to make it my mission to make a difference and help connect young adult survivors in the Winnipeg area.
I am incredibly grateful to YACC for providing this opportunity for a Localife chapter in my area, and for their continued expertise, resources, and support to help build and grow our group.
I am very excited and look forward to meeting and connecting other young adult survivors!
From being diagnosed, to surgery, to chemo and radiation, to more surgeries, and then to heart failure and financial struggles — all while not having support from family members and friends — everything was happening so fast. I had no control and I felt so very alone. I didn’t want to burden the few people who were taking care of me when it came to emotions and feelings I had deep down inside me.
After a year of hell, I learned about the YACC community and all the people, resources, and opportunities it provides. All of a sudden, I wasn’t alone. When I met with the other Winnipeg YACCers, I felt like finally, this is where I need to be, and these are the people I need to be around. It’s was like a hallelujah moment!
A group of us together in a room, strangers, but yet we were all the “same.” We had the same worries, fears, anxieties, rage, etc. No matter what we said or questions we asked each other, it’s like we all got it. And we know what to say to each other to help cope with the fears and worries. We walk in strangers, but after a few minutes, we are all like family, and no one wants to leave!
I feel so honoured to be a Localife leader. I am very excited to met new people who are fighting the same battle and living with the same struggles so I will able to let them know they aren’t alone. There is a bunch of us who know exactly how you feel and will be unconditionally supportive.
Hi! My name is Chantale and I was diagnosed in June 2017 with mucinous adenocarcinoma from the appendix — essentially cancer that had spread throughout my entire abdomen. I underwent chemo and then had a massive surgery called HIPEC just days after my son turned three. Thankfully, I’ve been no evidence of disease (NED) since then.
When I was told what kind of cancer I had, I searched high and low to find anyone with the same kind as me; it was next to impossible. I found an online group for appendix cancer, but everyone’s situation and degree of spreading is very different with this kind. It was good to talk about treatments and the surgery recovery so I knew what I was getting into, but most people there were significantly older and didn’t have a small child at home.
It was around that time that Allison and Andrea started our Localife Winnipeg group, and I started attending every event I could. I even attended the Survivor Conference in St. John’s in 2018 thanks to their encouragement and it was an amazing experience. Something special happens when you spend a weekend out of day-to-day life with the most inspirational peers you could find. When they asked me to join as a junior Localife leader in January, I was all in!