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Andrea (She/Her/Woman/Female)

My name is Andrea, I was diagnosed with triple positive HER2 positive invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 30.

I am a single mother of one son who is now 10. I don’t have a personal support group in the city, so YACC has become my family and has helped me cope with life after my cancer diagnosis.

I am very grateful to be a Localife leader to you amazing people! We strive to provide a welcoming and fun space for you to be able to let loose from being in “patient” mode to be your  “regular” young adult self who enjoys socializing and having a good time with great people who get you! We will pick you up when u feel low, and celebrate with you when you feel high!

This is a caring group and its only awkward for a minute, and then you will wonder how you ever made it without us! So take that leap and join us on our next adventure!

Celine (She/Her)        

Hi, my name is Celine; I’m a proud mom of two who loves arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, and snuggling my three cats.

I was 29 when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in early 2018. I had a radical hysterectomy just a few days before my 30th birthday, followed by 28 rounds of pelvic radiation.  Since then, there has been no evidence of disease (NED) and I have been thriving.

At the time of my diagnosis, I had zero support and my personal life was falling apart all around me. I felt alone and like I was losing my mind. After a mental breakdown on the radiation table, I was referred to CancerCare Manitoba’s Psychosocial Oncology team. From there I was connected with YACC and began attending a monthly support group for young adults with cancer. I finally found a safe place to talk about my struggles but my road to recovery was still a long one. Through YACC I’ve attended Localife events and Survivor Conference 2019 where I have made lifelong connections and — most importantly — found the support that has helped me become the strong and fierce woman I am today.

Through my journey, I’ve come to understand the power and strength that comes with sharing our stories, being vulnerable, and making those connections with others who understand and have similar experiences. Thanks to YACC and Localife where I have found so much support and strength, I know that as a Localife leader I will be able to help others find the same and have some fun along the way!

I’m very excited for this new chapter, and don’t forget to keep smiling!

“Never frown even when you are sad because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.”

Mariève (She/Her/Elle)

Hi, my name is Mariève. I like long walks on the beach and riding horses into the sunset — alright, this isn’t Tinder and I’m married, so let’s just say I’m a goof who enjoys the outdoors, canoeing, and camping with my hubby and our senior beagle puppy. I also thrive on creativity and love me a chocolate fondue or a good nap.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 3 triple positive invasive ductal carcinoma) in 2018, I was told the oncology team would “hit me with everything they’ve got.” And so they did. I underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy. Since then I’ve been on hormone blockers and am thankfully no evidence of disease.

The aftermath of treatments hit me like a ton of bricks, but after my hair grew back, I was expected to be back to normal. I no longer look sick, so what’s the problem? The problem? Cancer turned my world upside down and I’m not the same person I was before. But try explaining that to cancer muggles (peeps who haven’t had cancer)!

With Localife Winnipeg and the greater family of YACC, I found other young adult cancer warriors who just get it, who share the same concerns, but also know how to just have a ton of fun. The community really has had my back and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to give back. I can’t wait to welcome more people into the fold and share some laughs. Don’t be shy, join in! We’re all mad here, but we don’t bite too hard.

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