Archive for December 2017

Rethink Year in Review: 2017

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From our big wins, hello Strategy Magazine Brand of the Year, to our wee supporters who came out for Boobyball Mini, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the work that the Rethink team and community accomplished this year.

Of course, all of our work would not be possible without our incredible supporters. Help us continue this important work into 2018 and beyond! Make a gift to Rethink today.

World Cancer Day

In February, Rethink once again participated in World Cancer Day—a worldwide initiative to eradicate cancer—alongside other organizations from 162 countries. We brought together friends, supporters, and creators to share how they can make a difference as part of the “WE CAN. I CAN.” movement. Check out the video here!

Boobyball Mini

At this year’s Boobyball Mini, guests big and small were transported to a magical, enchanted forest. Between our two events in Vancouver and Toronto, more than 220 mini Rethinkers (plus 200 awesome adults) came out to play, dance, snack and Rethink the afternoon away. Check out photos from Toronto and Vancouver.

 

Medical Cannabis + Cancer Care Forum

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Rethink Year in Review: 2017

https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/rethink-year-in-review-2017/

From our big wins, hello Strategy Magazine Brand of the Year, to our wee supporters who came out for Boobyball Mini, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the work that the Rethink team and community accomplished this year.

Of course, all of our work would not be possible without our incredible supporters. Help us continue this important work into 2018 and beyond! Make a gift to Rethink today.

World Cancer Day

In February, Rethink once again participated in World Cancer Day—a worldwide initiative to eradicate cancer—alongside other organizations from 162 countries. We brought together friends, supporters, and creators to share how they can make a difference as part of the “WE CAN. I CAN.” movement. Check out the video here!

Boobyball Mini

At this year’s Boobyball Mini, guests big and small were transported to a magical, enchanted forest. Between our two events in Vancouver and Toronto, more than 220 mini Rethinkers (plus 200 awesome adults) came out to play, dance, snack and Rethink the afternoon away. Check out photos from Toronto and …

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Living a Fulfilling Life Despite MBC

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Living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) can sometimes trick me into believing that my life is now essentially little more than a series of medical tests and treatments. It can feel like my identity begins and ends with cancer.

Before breast cancer, I was in graduate school and working towards a career as an equine veterinarian. I had goals. I have always thrived in the academic and career worlds—I like pressure, deadlines, working hard, and feeling accomplished.

When I started chemotherapy, I had to leave veterinary school. Even though I later went into remission, I knew that vet school would no longer work for me, so I worked hard to build a freelance medical writing and editing business instead. I felt fulfilled and proud of the business that I built. When I became stage 4, I scaled back my client load but continued to work, determined not to let go of this part of my life. When the cancer spread to my brain, my days in the work force officially ended.

I no longer have the energy to study or work. My days are now scheduled around doctors’ appointments, my weeks around infusions, my months around PET/CT scans. The word “terminal” is never far from my mind; I exist with an expected expiration date that makes long-term plans difficult at best. My primary goal is now to get through each day. My purpose in life is to survive.

In truth, I struggle with feeling fulfilled in such an existence.

Then I began to write about my experiences as a 25-year-old breast cancer patient. It started as a cathartic exercise and slowly turned into something more. I joined writing groups and built a website. I began to feel a sense of accomplishment through my writing that I had not felt since my pre-cancer life.

My writing took an exciting turn about a year and a half ago when I received an email from filmmaker and director Kerith Lemon proposing that we turn one of my short stories into a short film, bare. I enthusiastically agreed… Read More

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