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Faith

Age: 38

Location: Toronto, ON

Diagnosis / Surgery: ER/PR+ HER2- , Lumpectomy

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About Me.

Faith loves all things related to movement and wellbeing. She’s a Holistic Wellness Professional and Advocate based in Toronto, Canada. With close to 20 years of experience, she's a Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Mindfulness Teacher and Thai Massage Practitioner, and founder of fitnesswithfaith.ca.

 

She was diagnosed with ER/PR+ HER2- breast cancer in July 2021 after finding a lump while in the shower. Her treatment was a lumpectomy with lymph node dissection, chemotherapy, radiation and is currently on endocrine therapy for up to 10 years. Unfortunately, she had an adverse reaction to chemo, one her medical oncologist said he had never seen before, which left her in the ER unable to walk and unable to feel her hands and feet. With doctors not being able to inform her of what the recovery would look like, she was determined to be persistant with her rehab and was able to walk again after many months of working with a physiotherapist, chiropractor, occupational therapist and massage therapist.
 

She believes there needs to be more awareness and education around breast cancer at a
young age. Unfortunately, It doesn’t just happened to women over a certain age. And you don’t have to have a family history or a gene mutation - both of which she doesn’t have and was still diagnosed. Young folks are normally diagnosed at a later stage because they don’t have access to mammograms. She’s a huge advocate for breast self-examinations as a lot of young women that are diagnosed discover their own lump. She also believes there needs to be more research done on Black women and breast cancer. There’s a disparity between Black and white women breast cancer with Black women having a higher mortality rate. What can help is improving cancer screening programs that are accessible to underserved populations and by addressing the biological differences in breast cancer across racial and ethnic groups.
When she was diagnosed she knew she wanted to share her story to encourage others going
through a similar journey and to help others advocate for themselves. She wants to continue to share her story and be a breast cancer advocate for the rest of her life as she truly believes it
can save someone’s life. If you've just been diagnosed, going through it or on the other side of
active treatment she’s sending you lots of love, healing and prayers.


Fun Facts about Faith: most of her childhood Birthdays were spent at the circus (her uncle was the manager of a traveling circus!), she’s climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for multiple sclerosis and her favorite place to be is at the ocean surfing.
 

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