"In 2019, it's estimated more than 3,800 women in B.C. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I am one of them."
When CTV News Vancouver anchor and Fraser Valley bureau chief was diagnosed, she did what she's done for much of her life: Started asking questions.
"What stage of cancer? What are the survival rates? Has it spread? The poor doctor. I must have exhausted her! I needed answers and this deadline was far more crucial than my usual rush to get a story on the six o’clock news," Michele Brunoro wrote.
She braced herself for surgery, grappled with breaking the news to her children, and met with survivors. Now, she's sharing her journey with breast cancer.
I don’t like needles. I mean, who does? But when my oncologist says I can take a month off my chemo treatments for breast cancer if I give myself injections in my stomach, I do a fast attitude adjustment.
I can't wait to have a shoulder-length head of hair again. But I also know this: I am not defined by the hair on my head.
I suddenly like my hair. A lot. It’s the same head of hair I have wished so many times could look like someone else’s.
I want to be strong. Fierce. But if I am honest with you, I am afraid in this moment.
I named it. My tumour, that is. Its name is Olive. Now before you start thinking I’ve lost it, let me explain.
In 2019, it's estimated more than 3,800 women in B.C. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I am one of them.