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At first, she wasn\u2019t concerned since there was no history of cancer in my family. As well, I\u2019ve always eaten well, I work out regularly, I\u2019ve never smoked and I don\u2019t drink. A few days later, the diagnosis came in: breast cancer. At the time, and throughout the first few months of treatment, they couldn\u2019t confirm my stage with any certainty. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI got over the initial diagnosis fairly well, but the diagnosis of metastases, in September 2016 following intensive chemotherapy, was staggering for me. It was about five or six months after the first appointment. I was 31. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI was overwhelmed by the news. The diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer was much more difficult to accept than my initial diagnosis of breast cancer. The first time, I was in action mode. I saw it as a prescription to follow. Everything was going to go well and I would be in remission quickly. But with this new diagnosis, I felt defeated in advance. They were telling me it was a battle that I couldn\u2019t win. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI\u0027m usually an extrovert, but I turned inward. I didn\u2019t know how to resume a normal life and cope with the cancer on an indeterminate basis. Fortunately, thanks to my remarkable family and friends and my dedicated team of doctors, I\u2019ve regained my confidence little by little and rediscovered myself again, someone who is strong, determined and alive!\n\u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EAs soon as the process allowed, I wanted to get back to my regular activities. I play sports, of varying intensity, I travel and since the spring I have returned to work gradually. Even though resuming my so-called more regular activities is good for me, sometimes I am faced with special situations. At work, I\u2019ve been asked \u0027What did you do to get cancer?\u0027 The lack of knowledge and tact appalls me and feels confrontational. I can\u2019t simply ignore these people, I feel the need to teach them, raise their awareness. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EWith this in mind, I\u2019d like people to know that cancer is different for each person. Cancer is full of nuances. Don\u2019t be afraid of or stare at cancer patients, and absolutely don\u2019t exclude them. Metastatic breast cancer is not well understood or explained. The more we educate people, the less afraid they will be, and the feeling of exclusion will lessen. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EMy concept of time has changed a lot since my mBC diagnosis. At 30, you think you have your whole life ahead of you, and that today\u2019s choices will lead to tomorrow. Overnight, everything changes. But I don\u2019t want cancer to take up all the space. Now, I\u2019m at the awareness stage. I\u2019m aware of those small moments when I feel good and I live them to the fullest. I\u2019m still who I always have been: a positive, determined woman who loves to laugh and make people laugh, and especially, one who makes the most of life! \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EFor people who want to help the metastatic breast cancer cause, you can donate to research, including to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Volunteering your time can also make a huge difference. 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