I landed in Ottawa Monday afternoon, which gave me a good while to rest up before our supper meeting that night. There were about ten of us including staff and volunteers from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network. It was so nice to spend some time to get to know each other before our meetings with senators and members of parliament the next day. Alice, a 2-year metastatic bc survivor spent most of the day getting chemo and was not able meet with us.
The ladies from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network talked about the many things they do as a national bc organization. Not only do they promote education and awareness but they act as link between all groups and individuals concerned with bc. After supper, a couple of us shared our stories of METS survival. We talked about support at home, husbands and children and blogging, how we changed and how bc changed us. We also talked about the support we receive from friends and extended family. And of course we talked about our past … before bc, including remission and family and careers.
Along with telling our individual stories to parliamentarians and media the next day, we were given key points to help keep the CBCN message consistent. Very professional.
I wish we had more time to talk but I was getting tired and the next day was an early start; we had to be on Parliament Hill at 7:00.