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Stefani’s Story – An incredibly powerful message during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Printed with permission from the author, Roxzane Sisson Armstrong

Stefani’s Story

Yesterday would have been my sister‘s 55th birthday. This is one of my favourite birthday pictures of her.
This picture is very bittersweet. This was her 50th birthday. This was five days after her first ever mammogram – the one she figured she should get just because she was turning 50, where they discovered something that needed to be checked further. This was her last birthday before she knew definitively that she had breast cancer. Five days later they would do a biopsy and her battle would begin.
The doctor had terrified her and so she chose, like in everything she did in life, to fight this battle her way. Much as I tried often to convince her otherwise, she chose to only fight this in a strictly homeopathic manner. She went to Mexico and had treatment (that cost an arm and a leg) and she had really good success with it…for a time. After a brief remission the beast came back stronger than ever. And still, she was determined to fight this her way, and we did our best to support her and the choice she was determined to make.
Last September she fell down the stairs – a simple slip and fall but one that hurt her body quite badly. In her injured and weakened state, the cancer exploded and spread everywhere.
In November, a friend of mine asked her to tell her story on camera. A part of that recording she chose to do privately and asked that we see it after she was gone. In it she had a message.
She said she made a mistake, that she did it wrong. She said not to take the path she did.
Her advice to anyone facing this battle is to use every tool available. Her message is to embrace both science and traditional medicine; to take advantage of every medical and technological advancement in the fight against cancer, and to utilize that hand-in-hand with homeopathic care. She said to hit it hard and fast early and then to feed your mind, body and soul with healthy things. She said to make sure you are eating to give your body everything it needs for a strong immune system and to get rid of those things that cancer feeds on, emotionally and mentally as well. She said to make sure to address and heal past traumas, to live well and healthy and to laugh often!
She hopes that in telling her story, she can be a beacon for others who face this journey.
One final note, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s time to get your hands on your boobs ladies!! Make sure you know all your lumps and bumps and textures so you know if something changes! And yes, they suck, but get your mammograms. 💕

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Chloe’s Story – Helping vulnerable youth succeed in school with wrap-around supports

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Chloe’s Story – Helping vulnerable youth succeed in school with wrap-around supports

Chloe struggled in school until she was connected with wrap-around supports through the All in for Youth initiative, a collaboration supported through United Way. Staff help Chloe through hardships at home, build her confidence and support her on her path to graduation.

When the pandemic hit our region, United Way worked rapidly with our partners to identify the needs of the most vulnerable and rallied the community to provide supports to vulnerable students such as home visits, food packages and virtual success coaching. Because supporters do local good, kids like Chloe can succeed in school and life.

Help make a difference in your community today by visiting myunitedway.ca/donate-united-way.

Angeer’s Story – Providing mental health supports for the most vulnerable

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Patricia’s Story – Supporting transportation and delivery programs for seniors

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Patricia’s Story – Supporting transportation and delivery programs for seniors

When the pandemic hit, Patricia was worried about how she would be able to safely get essentials like food and medicine. Like many other local seniors, she has a limited income and is unable to drive.

United Way worked rapidly with our partners to identify the needs of the most vulnerable and rallied the community to provide supports such as transportation for local seniors in need. Because supporters do local good, seniors like Patricia are not alone.

Help make a difference in your community today by visiting myunitedway.ca/donate-united-way.

Mary’s Story – Helping domestic violence survivors heal and find safety

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