A breast cancer survivor: an ordeal turned into a great story

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A breast cancer survivor showed exemplary resilience during her fight, which allows her to say today that this ordeal has turned into a beautiful story.

Martine Boulianne was 38 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was in 2015.

The news was absorbed exactly like the ad that ran a few years ago about the announcement of cancer: an uppercut in the face.

A friend of Ms. Boulianne, who had been there a few years earlier, offered him some good advice.

“[She] told me that, despite everything, there were good times. This is also what I remember from that period, ”she observes.

The mother of the family has given herself the mission of remaining positive in spite of everything. It was important for her children who, at the time, were aged 3 and 7. 

“What I remember from that period is that I was doing a lot of yoga and running. I had time with my children and I was very supported, ”says Ms. Boulianne, still grateful.

Support

Well surrounded by her family and her in-laws, she was also fortunate to have the support of a psychologist specializing in cancer, at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital in Montreal. “It helped me a lot,” she explains.

The announcement of the diagnosis to the children softened, as she was inspired by reading a book titled Mom Has Cancer.

It was stuck “in a sandwich” with the whole family that she made the difficult announcement to them. 

< p>“For them, the real shock was the hair. And it's not just the hair, it's also the eyebrows, the eyelashes… So even if you try not to look sick, you still look sick, ”says Ms. Boulianne.  

Her son asked her if she was going to die. And she, she wondered if her daughter was going to remember her, if the disease prevailed. Difficult thoughts. “When the hair grows back, that's when mom is cured,” she continues, laughing.

Globe-trotting survivor

The first stage of healing took place in July 2016, when she underwent a total mastectomy on the affected side. 

“It's an anniversary that I mark every year,” says the elementary school teacher.

She also underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The disease will have learned many things and, above all, allowed him to have a new outlook on life.

RRSPs are of little importance to him. Life is now.

Two years after the end of treatment, Ms. Boulianne, her husband and their two children realized the dream they had cherished for a long time: traveling for seven months to discover the 'Asia.

The little family loved their experience so much that they will leave for a six-month journey next February. 

♦ Martine Boulianne is in remission for six years.

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