In 2012 Regina’s Jordana Buchan thought she was through the worst of her health issues. She’d been diagnosed with MS in 2005, and by 2012 the disease was stable.
In March of that year, the mother of two’s world was turned upside down. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer after finding a painful lump in her breast. Further investigation would reveal her cancer was metastatic. It had spread to her spine.
“The first thing that goes through your mind is, ‘how much time do I have left”, explained Jordana. “It was 100 percent devastating.”
Undaunted, Jordana turned to educating herself as much as possible about what lay ahead. She was told her cancer was progressive and how much time she had was an unknown.
“It was all kind of up to luck and chemistry whether my body was gonna respond to the treatments or not going forward.”
A series of drug trials and chemotherapy treatments have given Jordana eight years so far.
“I consider myself pretty lucky at eight years when right now, the statistics are three-to-five is a good run.”
Throughout Jordana’s cancer journey, there have been many high and lows. One reassuring constant is the care she’s received from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
“I tell anybody I talk to who is newly diagnosed once you get to the cancer centre, you will be treated like royalty. It is a different experience,” Jordana says.
Cancer treatment can be incredibly hard on the body, and Jordana knows first hand how the little things can make all the difference. During her treatments, a warm blanket or a pillow to help with her chemotherapy port helped a lot. She believes the care and comfort fund is invaluable to patients.
“The fact those things are made available, and there’s a process in place to get those in our hands is amazing,” she says.
Today Jordana’s health ebbs and flows. There are good weeks and bad ones. Through it all, she keeps pushing forward.
“When I get down, I allow myself a day or two to just be miserable and get over it, then move on that’s all I can do. You have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”
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