“One of the hardest parts was having to tell people and seeing that look on their faces. It’s funny, you’re the one with cancer and you end up consoling people because of how upset they are when they find out.
I found the lump in September 2015 and was diagnosed mere weeks later. I’m the first in my family to have it and I’m young; I don’t fit the typical criteria for someone who develops breast cancer. I didn’t think this was something I was going to have to deal with at my age, and suddenly I had this whole new life of appointments and treatments and staying home and being sick. I needed a plan.
When Dr. Goobie told me it was cancer, my first thought was, “Ok. What do we do next?” I went into project mode. After the appointment, I got into my car, drove to work and went straight into Human Resources. Then I went through the typical phases: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation. Everything was very swift, there’s a process to everything they do, and coming from a project management background, I could really appreciate that.
Having no control over my body or my time during that year was very, very difficult for me. But my doctors, Dr. Harb and Dr. Goobie, and the nurses at The Moncton Hospital communicated every detail to me clearly, so I felt safe and I trusted them with everything. They know what they’re doing and they’ve been wonderful to me, they understand me and my need to be in control. I’m very lucky to have a team like that on my side.
People tend to freak out when they hear you have cancer. Yes, it’s scary, it’s hard, it’s a long process. It’s upsetting when your hair falls out, but you can talk about it, you can joke about it. I want people to know you can survive this.” – Gini
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