Either I had to learn to keep up or be left behind. In my busy job, it is hard to keep work under control so it is not high priority to advertise or increase public access to your strained and exhausting life. Keeping spare time private and quiet is a more common approach.
During my cancer journey however, I experienced the hardest time of my life as I lost control and uncertainty was a daily companion. The fragility of character took a lot of hard work to put back together with trust and support as my glue. My positive thinking cards kept me moving forwards and still echo in my head daily in a positive, forgiving and yet balancing way.
Well, it was fortunate that I came across some remarkably lucky opportunities as stars aligned. As my cards said, I had to step up to the plate if I wanted to change the emotional fallout of cancer treatment and how it could look different if I wanted it to. Passion + opportunity and here I am. I still have to push the comfort zone and push the barriers of media saviness or get left behind.
Stepping up to the plate of change as a Regional Primary Care Lead, at our regional cancer centre and across the province ,on expert panels and cancer pathway committees, my energy for awareness and change push me on.
I will link you to my media beginning on FacingCancer.ca where I still continue to call it my home of support.
I have many more ideas and things to do so on with my work and signing off for now.
Dr Alexandra Ginty
Cancer hits you blindside when all the balls are in the air - delete all. Bilateral breast cancers, double mastectomy, reconstruction, BRCA 1 mutation, hysterectomy and family risk. The fallout is exhausting. Through these scars we somehow find strength and an appreciation of life. Now, leading change in Cancer Care I can make a difference everyday from Both Sides.