Nancy Riopel

A Story You Will Want to Read

We received an email mid March from a woman in a difficult situation. She had been diagnosed with grade II Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS) under unusual circumstances. She reached out to us because she hoped to find medical professionals in Ontario who were open to providing Active Surveillance of her condition. We asked her if she would be willing to share her story and what has developed is a compelling 4-part series which we will publish with two installments in May and two in June.

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So Much for Informed Consent or How My Sister Saved My Breast!

Have you ever heard of DCIS and what do you know about it?  Prior to being diagnosed with what the medical profession calls stage 0 breast cancer in February 2019, I had never heard of Ductal Carcinoma in situ. Let me tell you, that the word Carcinoma sure got my attention and had me shopping for nipple tattoo artists within 12 hours of diagnosis.

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How Surgeon Became a Four Letter Word Spelled PTSD

Today, as I write this, I am 87 days post DCIS diagnosis.  There is not one day that has gone by that I have not thought about breast cancer a number of times throughout the day. This diagnosis has changed my life and robbed me of both peace of mind and my self-image as a healthy woman. While I don’t consider myself a “cancer patient” or a “cancer survivor”, I do live with a significant level of fear about cancer that was never a part of my life before. 

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I Am More than a Tumour, How I Regained Control of My Own Journey

Where to start today? I feel so very blessed after hearing from the ladies at Breast Cancer Action Quebec that the first part of this series received a lot of attention.  I posted the link to the story on my Facebook page and received some excellent feedback from both close friends and distant acquaintances that they had learned a lot by reading my story.  This warmed my heart as it is my hope that anyone who gets a similar diagnosis in the future receives it with the empowerment that only knowledge can impart.  It is with this in my heart that I begin part 3 of my story.

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It’s hard to stay off the CRAZY TRAIN when so many keep handing you a ticket

I can’t believe that I am already writing the last post in this blog series.  It seems like only yesterday that I agreed to consider what I might speak about and how I hoped my audience might be enriched through the process of reading my story.  It seems I still have so much left to share with you.  And of course it also seems that I have so much more to learn and so much more journey to navigate.  

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