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Comox Valley resident’s cancer battle highlights community spirit, sparks conversation

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Breast cancer diagnosis and imminent surgery are flooding community support among the residents of the Comox Valley.

Last year, problems started to occur. Rebecca Nicole remembers the strange pain she felt in her left chest.

“It started in October,” she said. “In my family history, [my doctor] He said it was time to take a mammogram. ”

After many mammograms, biopsies, and MRIs, Rebecca was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Diagnosis means she will undergo a double mastectomy.

Rebecca, who knows the history of her family, has a firm eye on the future. Her past cancer experience with her family helped her make her decision. Rebecca wants to be calm and open about her experience and be an advocate for others, she says.

“I think it’s a little easier for me,” she said. “The only thing that scares me about it is that there are so many unknowns after surgery.”

“Surgery may not go as planned, reconstruction may not be done as we wish, and it may return to a state where all pathologies have failed. But at this point. , Everything looks positive. ”

Rebecca moved to Comox Valley over four years ago and moved from Squamish. In addition to working with mountain bike groups and nonprofits in the region, she is also the general manager of the Foxy Box Wax Bar.

The organization takes the children to a bicycle that would otherwise not have the opportunity. However, the diagnosis temporarily suspended her community activities.

She says her experience shows how supportive her friends, family and mountain bike community are to her and what she is experiencing.

Her friend Stephanie Bloomfield GoFundMe page To help her meet an expert and cover the financial costs of traveling to and from Victoria to undergo surgery.

She says others are offering to get her little things and day-to-day work.

Stephanie adds that seeing Rebecca experience this experience changed her view of how future health should be prioritized.

“Seeing how she trampled everything, she didn’t mean it would beat her,” Stephanie said. She said, “As a woman in her early 40s, she realized that her health should also be a priority.”

But conversations weren’t limited to direct friends and family. Rebecca says many other women in the community have approached her to talk about how to be careful about her cancer and move forward.

At local mountain bike racing, more and more people started talking to her and listening to her experiences.

“One of the women in front of us, Rebecca, was having a kind of chat, and this happened and she burst into tears,” Stephanie said.

“When it started to happen and the story spread a little around the people we were in, we had another woman behind.” Can I ask you a question? I thought they found something, so I was recalled for the second mammogram. How urgent does this need to be? ”

“It was really nice to see it was a very open and comfortable conversation for Rebecca. People felt that they could just ask in front of dozens of women who were completely strangers. ”

Both Rebecca and Stephanie found it very heartwarming to see so many people asking questions and willing to prioritize their health.

Going forward, Rebecca said women need to be comfortable with general practitioners and anyone with whom they can speak and receive support.

She added that cancer has things in sight. She says her life is short and she encourages others in her position to bring her joy.

“It reminds me that life is a bit short. We’re not just here to pay the invoice and die,” she said. “So do what makes you happy, even if it doesn’t make you rich.”

Rebecca wants to return to working with the United Riders of Cumberland Ladies Rides and restart the nonprofit Spread the Stoke to recover.

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