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

On December 21, 2016, I was told I had a tumour on my parotid gland. Being from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, I was a rather dismayed at the idea of receiving treatment in Montreal. Leaving behind my wife, my boys of two and six and making arrangements to have someone take over the work at my farm would be no small task.

Today, I’m 41 years old. I celebrated the start of a new year with many members of my extended family: residents from the Quebec Cancer Foundation Lodge.

I missed my own family the whole time I was gone, but I can assure you that I found plenty of support at the Lodge. Spending the evenings in the common areas created special bonds between people, especially those who tend to isolate themselves. We talked about our lives, shared photos and so on. If it weren’t for the treatments, you’d think we were on vacation!

I took advantage of the kinesiology and massage therapy services. They helped me to relax in times of stress and I’m convinced that I have fewer side effects today because of this.

The volunteers were also always there to listen with juice or a coffee in hand.

I’ll remember my six weeks of radiation therapy as a difficult time in my life, of course, but also as a time when I felt listened to and supported through my ordeal. 

Luc Simard

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