Being diagnosed with breast cancer when my son was just 9 months old and still breastfeeding was a complete shock. When I first found the lump I thought it was a plugged milk duct and nothing to worry about. After an ultrasound, biopsy, and lumpectomy I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and told I would need to undergo chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy. I went from a young mom and new business owner to a cancer patient overnight and the next 10 months were some of the hardest times I have ever faced.
Undergoing treatments in the era of COVID-19 has brought many additional challenges to the cancer fight. Attending appointments alone and the loss of social supports in the cancer community made the journey more difficult but my family and friends kept me going and my son always brought a ray of sunshine into the darkness.
In Paige’s Words
Receiving support from the PinkWig Foundation reduced the stress I felt on a daily basis about my family’s financial situation. Instead of rushing to return to work I was able to take the time I needed to heal and regain my strength. It also relieved the financial burden caused by undergoing IVF treatments so that we can hopefully expand our family in the future which means the world to me and my husband. The PinkWig Foundation helps women who are facing the fight of their lives focus on winning that fight rather than the financial burden cancer puts on them.
City/Town of Residence: Gravelbourg, SK
Diagnosis: Breast Cancer (Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma)
Age at Diagnosis: 31