Jane, stage 1b survivor from canada

Jane’s Journey: Finding Peace and Purpose After Stage 1B Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Navigating Healing and Transformation After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In December 2016, I received my breast cancer diagnosis, invasive ductal carcinoma, stage 1b, which marked the beginning of another chapter in my journey of resilience. This wasn’t my first encounter with cancer—I had previously battled a cerebellar astrocytoma, a malignant brain tumor, when I was just 19 years old. While the breast cancer diagnosis wasn’t as unsettling as it might have been otherwise, it still required me to face it head-on, just as I’ve always done.

The Path Through Breast Cancer Treatment: Lumpectomy, Radiation, and Hormonal Therapy

Following my breast cancer diagnosis, I underwent a lumpectomy in January 2017, followed by 21 rounds of radiation in March and April. After radiation, I endured five years of hormonal therapy—two years on Tamoxifen, one year on Letrozole, and two years on Exemestane.

Discovering the Power of Holistic Healing Practices During Breast Cancer Recovery

Throughout my treatment journey, I discovered the power of holistic healing practices to support my recovery. Yoga became a source of strength and tranquility, while nature walks, gardening, and swimming in Lake Ontario provided moments of peace and rejuvenation. Music also played a significant role, and I found comfort and inspiration in the melodies of a Navajo flute player named Kelvin Mockingbird. Traveling became a form of therapy, allowing me to explore new horizons and create cherished memories with loved ones.

Breast Cancer Advocacy and Support: Raising Awareness and Funds

As I embarked on my path to recovery, I felt compelled to share my story and raise awareness about breast cancer. Using my social media platforms, I shared updates about my journey and volunteered at fundraising events for my local cancer centre. Additionally, I contributed to raising much-needed funds for cancer research, education, and patient care.

Embracing New Beginnings After Breast Cancer: Early Retirement and Volunteering

Last fall, I made the decision to take early retirement from the corporate world and find other ways to contribute to my community. I have focused my energies on things that support health and well-being, and now I volunteer every week in the Breast Imaging clinic at the hospital where I received treatment.

Cultivating Tranquility in the Aftermath of Breast Cancer: Creating a Zen Garden

In addition to my volunteer work, I embarked on a personal project to transform my backyard into a tranquil oasis. With the help of a landscape architect, I reimagined the space, creating a zen garden that serves as a sanctuary for relaxation and reflection.

Backyard garden

Gratitude and Resilience: Lessons Learned from a Breast Cancer Journey

As I reflect on my journey, I am filled with gratitude for the resilience of my own spirit, the support of my loved ones, and the expertise of my healthcare team. Breast cancer may have challenged me, but it has also taught me valuable lessons about strength, courage, and the importance of living life to the fullest.

A Message from Learn Look Locate

At Learn Look Locate, we are deeply inspired by Jane’s remarkable journey of resilience and transformation in the face of stage 1B invasive ductal carcinoma. Her story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us of the power of holistic healing, advocacy, and embracing new beginnings after breast cancer. We are honored to share Jane’s experiences and insights, as they align perfectly with our mission to empower and support individuals at every stage of their breast cancer journey. Through our platform, we strive to create a community where survivors like Jane can connect, learn, and find solace in the shared experiences of others who have walked a similar path.