I was interviewed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) for their online newsletter. Check it out here: Canadian Institute for Health Information
I was asked to provide a patient voice perspective to the media for the release of the report Breast Cancer Surgery in Canada, 2007-2008 to 2009-2010. The report was jointly produced by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC). The story ran in several newspapers and online including the ones listed below.
I was invited to participate in The Truth of It: an unscripted video series about cancer, developed as a collaborative effort of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. My interview went live online in the spring of 2010 at Cancerview Canada in the Treatment and Support section of the website. You can also find the videos on YouTube.
Description from the Cancerview Canada website:
The Truth of It features interviews with Canadians diagnosed with cancer who were asked to share their story so others could learn from their experience. By providing candid accounts of the personal impact of cancer, the video series will serve as an educational resource for health care professionals as well as patients, survivors and others with a personal connection to cancer.
The men and women featured in the videos range in age from 20 to 73 and are affected by different types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, lung, testicular and ovarian. Videos are available in both English and French and are accompanied by complete transcripts. Currently, the series has 42 videos, including interviews with six patients from First Nations communities and two interviews with patients from Inuit communities.
The full length interview (10 minutes).
"I remember thinking, wow, a few weeks ago I could run an hour and now I can't walk up the stairs in my house without sitting down twice. But I kind of had this mantra in my head, that it's not forever, it's just for now and everyday I kept repeating that. It's not forever, it's just for now."
Talking to the Kids (1 minute).
Body Image (1 minute).
Telling Friends & Family (1 minute).