Relive the experiences described in the inspiring stories told by people close to the foundation.

"Dare to do something different!"

It was a friend who introduced me to the Quebec Cancer Foundation. She had used their services when she had breast cancer. I was first introduced to art therapy, then to the Info-cancer Services, including the Library.

I was in limbo at the time. None of the various doctors I consulted knew what I had. Every one gave me a different diagnosis. After moving out, I met a doctor who did more exhaustive research and I learned that I was suffering from myelofibrosis, a type of blood cancer.

What a relief to be able to put a name on my illness!

Throughout my ordeal, the Quebec Cancer Foundation has supported me in several ways. First, because I met people going through the same experience as me, because it was there that I discovered a fantastic outlet in art therapy, and finally because I was able to satisfy my need for new knowledge through reading.

I enjoy reading, and health has always been a topic of interest to me. I even believe that it is my love of reading and my curiosity that guided me through this chapter of my life. I read a lot and I developed the habit of calling the Info-cancer Library before I bought a book. The foundation almost always has copy of what I want!

I want to remind people who find themselves in the same situation as me, in the mist, that the services the Foundation provides can be a great source of comfort. I also want to tell them: "Dare to do something different!" For me, who certainly have never been very clever with my hands, art therapy was my greatest discovery!

The Foundation offers me a non-judgmental environment that makes me feel I belong. When I arrived in Quebec City, I was sick, and that feeling of belonging certainly helped.

I'll probably be in treatment for the rest of my life. This testimonial is my way of saying that we do have power over the way we view this disease.

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