Testimonials

Relive the experiences described in the inspiring stories told by people close to the foundation.
Johanne Philipps
I have always looked after myself, I’m active, a non-smoker and still, one fine morning, I discovered a lump that was to become my worst nightmare. In September 2014, I received the news that I had breast cancer.

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Marie Claude Chevrette
I was only 32 when I was diagnosed with cancer. I felt invincible back then. I was just days away from getting married and had recently launched my own business, Éconeau. Things were going well. I never dreamed that something like this could happen to me.

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Félix et Hélène
Four years ago, my son Félix passed away from a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. He was 20 years old. Despite his youth, Félix did more to make his friends and family aware of the beauty and fragility of life than I have ever done.

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Lise Auger
In June 2013, I learned I had breast cancer. I was only 45 and the diagnosis hit me like a real tsunami. I was very much afraid of what lay ahead and I had a million questions.

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Francis Bourbeau
I never thought it could happen to me, especially not at 32. Magalie and I wanted to have a baby, to start our family. Then came the diagnosis: testicular cancer.

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Lyne Lord
March 22, 2013, my ears went deaf and I could hear nothing but the words: endometrial cancer. A gynecologist was announcing it to me over the phone and I couldn’t believe it. One year later, I can tell you that angels held my hand and helped me as I climbed the mountain.

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Lucie Marcotte
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 49 years of age, there was a break in my life. It seemed to me that body and soul were going through it together.

From pain to lightness

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 49 years of age, there was a break in my life. It seemed to me that body and soul were going through it together.

I found myself at the Regional Centre of the Quebec Cancer Foundation in Quebec City, seeking to borrow a hairpiece, and I left with my new hairstyle and a first appointment for a massage therapy session.

I had never had a massage and I was expecting anything but what I got. So refreshing! It should first be said that the chemotherapy had made me feel as if a 10-wheel truck were parked on my body. It was total discomfort.

I was very well received by Hélène Mailloux, my massage therapist, on my very first visit. Thanks to her listening ear and her expertise, I immediately felt a relationship of trust developing between us.

You know, when you are with the family, you don’t always dare to complain of your pains; you don’t want to be feeling sorry for yourself. With Hélène, talking was easy and empowering. She understood what I was experiencing; I did not need to explain the state I was in or to hold back my emotions. It was first and foremost therapy and then massage!

The effect of a massage is immediate. After several sessions, I had the feeling that my shoes were too big for me, because I felt so much lighter! The massage not only relieved my pain, it calmed my stress as well. And I felt understood and encouraged.

The massage therapy service offered by the Foundation was a tremendous blessing for me in many ways throughout my treatment period and I recommend it today to anyone facing cancer.

Lucie Marcotte, 51 years old, Quebec City

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Pierre et Jean
It is a well-known fact that the kitchen is the favourite gathering place for Quebecers! At the Quebec Cancer Foundation, Pierre and Jean are volunteers who prepare meals for residents at the Montreal Lodge as part of its community dinners.
 

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Dolorès P.
Life sometimes does things in funny ways. Last year, at 73 years of age, I was diagnosed with breast cancer just three days before I was to bury my daughter, who had just died of the same type of cancer at 42 years of age.

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Anie Beauchemin
Like many people who live in regions far away from the oncology centres, I had to leave my home to go for my radiation therapy. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, I had gone through a lot to try to stay positive. But at that moment, I was afraid of failing. I saw myself alone, making the daily trip between the hospital and a motel room, and I felt I was not ready to live through that.
 

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