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Rayna documents herself throughout her breast cancer experience

Eighteen months ago, I was following up on a lump that I had. I had it examined and was told it was fibrous tissue and to come back if it got bigger. I should have gone four months earlier than I did. I had been to the radiologist many times and was always told that everything was fine. NOT this time. I had a mass that was found by an ultrasound that needed to be checked immediately.

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Josh (pictured left) with his mom

My name is Joshua Fraser, I am 24 years old and my mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She has four treatments of chemotherapy and we are all doing out best to get through this together! Her second treatment will be next week and her hair has started falling out, so I decided to make the head shaving a little easier.

Josh’s video

The video is to show her how much I love her and want her to know chemotherapy cannot change how BEAUTIFUL someone is!

“It’s okay to stand out” (Photo by Shawn K Bennett)

At the age of 24 I thought my worst problems were getting over a bad break up and finding the right career, but once I thought I hit rock bottom, being diagnosed with breast cancer really put things into perspective.

Work, workouts and partying on weekends suddenly turned into doctors appointments, chemo treatments and sick days in bed! My most troubling questions went from “should I move out this year?” to “should I get my breast removed?”

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Team dediKATEd at the 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure. Kate is seated in the first row, five from the left.

For the past two years I have been extremely proud to put together a team for my sister, Kate. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer 20 months ago. Kate has beaten the odds time and time again; she continues to surprise her doctors and nurses. If it weren’t for people like us, collecting donations and participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, Kate may never have been given the opportunities and treatments she has been so fortunate to have.

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