About Her tells the intimate story of nine young women facing life in the wake of their HER2+ breast cancer diagnosis. Filled with humour and candour, each woman’s unique experience is woven together into a shared portrait of each painful and hopeful chapter of discovery, treatment and recovery, punctuated by excerpts from one woman’s acclaimed blog voiced by Kim Cattrall.
About Her is directed by Phyllis Ellis and produced by Rethink Breast Cancer, Henry Less Productions and Shaftsburry in association with the W Network.
WE WON! ABOUT HER took home the Donald Brittain award for best doc program at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards!
Allie (35), an irreverent stand-up comic found a lump when she reached for the phone one day and was told for weeks by many doctors that it was just a cyst.
Haley (38), was pregnant with her first child when she found a lump. Told it was probably just fibroadenoma and was sent home to enjoy the last few months of pregnancy. A sudden call brought her back into the clinic. She birthed her son two months early and began aggressive treatment for HER2+ breast cancer.
Inez (30), a married mother of two had a lump during her first pregnancy. Told it was a blocked milk duck, the lump was left undiagnosed for two years until she was breast- feeding her second child.
Karyn (37), had the perfect life with three kids and an amazing husband. Told the small, pea size lump was nothing, she was shocked when she received a call on her cell telling her she had breast cancer.
Leanne (37),a charming and witty journalist and married mother of a little girl, lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer after a two-year fight. She documented her journey in a deft, clever, funny blog that reached thousands.
Lisa (45), diagnosed at 35) the host of a popular radio show was diagnosed after complaining of a sore shoulder for two years. By the time she arrived in emergency, her vertebrae had collapsed and she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer .
Shawna (37), a rough and tumble rodeo queen was denied a mammogram when her boyfriend discovered her lump. She pushed her way into the clinic and after a biopsy was told to get her affairs in order.
Suzanne (30), married with one little girl, was diagnosed with mastitis and put on rounds and rounds of antibiotics. She ended up back in her doctor’s office who finally told her to sit down because it was bad news.
Tasha (29), an eternal optimist with a four year old little boy was dealing with her husband Ryan’s brain tumor when she found a lump on her rib. She was told it was nothing but unfortunately it was cancer.
Issues Faced by Young Women with Breast Cancer Raised in the Film
Through their personal stories, the nine women in About Her raises several issues unique to young women facing breast cancer, including:
- Not being taken seriously by their doctor who told them they had nothing to worry about
- Aggressiveness of cancer and aggressiveness of treatment
- Parenting young children while undergoing treatment
- How their peers are unsure how to act around them or support them.
- Body image and mistrust of their bodies.
- Fear of recurrence
- How to live and enjoy life while facing mortality at a young age
- Financial concerns at a time when many young women are building and advancing intheir careers
- Dating and relationships
“I actually thought it was all in my head because the doctors weren’t taking me seriously”
“I’m gonna die – I don’t even have my Visa card paid off!”
“You’re feeding your babies with these boobs and all of a sudden they’re killing you”
“I don’t think you need to have breasts to feel like a woman”
“I have cancer but I’m not dying right now. I’m not dead yet”
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HALIFAX – Wednesday October 24th, 2012 6pm
Andrea & Charles Bronfman In Transit Theatre
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Tickets $10 at the door. Free for women facing breast cancer.
WOODSTOCK - Wednesday October 24th, 2012 7PM
Atlantic Cinemas, Woodstock, N.B.
Tickets: By Donation
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ST. PETER’S – Sunday April 7th, 2012 7:30pm
St. Peter’s Fire Hall
22 Toulouse Street St. Peter’s, NS
Admission is free of charge
TORONTO – Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 – 6PM
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto
24 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1N2
ST. JOHN’S – Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, 7:00pm
Health Science Centre Auditorium
300 Prince Phillip Drive
St. John’s, NL, A1B 3V6
CAMBRIDGE – Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 7:00 – 8:30pm
Clemens Mill Library, Lecture Theatre
50 Saginaw Parkway,
Cambridge, ON, N1T 1W2
Call 519.621.0460 ext. 155 for details
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