Name: Candice Auger
Age when diagnosed with breast cancer: 34
Breast cancer type: Triple negative
Breast cancer stage: Stage 2
Treatment: 8 rounds of chemotherapy, lumpectomy, 21 rounds of radiation
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer:
I love to travel. Cruises are my favourite!
What’s your go-to pick-me-up song?
Anything Luke Bryan
How did you discover your breast cancer?
I woke up one morning and could see it while laying on my side. After waking up and seeing the tiny little lump, I woke up my husband and asked him to feel it. His response was “What the heck is that?” Being the September long weekend, I waited until Tuesday to call my Doctor’s office. They saw me that day, and my journey began.
What went through your head when you received your diagnosis?
Am I going to be there for my children? Will I see them grow up?
What’s the craziest thing someone said to you after being diagnosed with breast cancer?
At least you’ll get a free boob job after.
Who has been your biggest source of support throughout your experience with cancer?
Although I am very blessed and received so much support from my family, friends, coworkers and community, my husband has been my #1 go-to! Love that guy!
What has been the most difficult part of being a young woman with breast cancer?
Feeling alone. I had my chemo treatments in a small town, and I was by far the youngest patient. I didn’t feel like I could make a connection with anyone.
What’s something unexpected you learned about yourself as a result of having breast cancer?
Breast cancer has made me realize just how strong I am. Cancer didn’t care that I had two young children and a shift-working husband at home. Cancer showed up on my doorstep when I least expected it (age 34!) and I owned it. I couldn’t and wouldn’t feel sorry for myself. I was no longer just living the daily “mom and wife mode”, I had to add the “fight for my life mode”.
In one sentence, what words of wisdom would you pass on to another young woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer?
You’re not alone. Reach out and talk to someone.
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