The women of Montreal have all got two things on their minds right now: Freezing cold temperatures and the desire to feel extra special. Solutions to those two dilemmas are by no means obvious, but what if we told you there was a way to actually tackle both at the same time? A way to essentially warm the hearts of women everywhere.
The Weekend to End Women’s Cancer benefiting the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital is the perfect way to show her just how important she is to you this year, while also getting into shape, meeting new people, and having a great time all at once. It's a weekend to remember all those lost to women's cancers as well as celebrate the lives being saved everyday.
1 in 6 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
On average, 14 Canadian women will die from cancer every day.
On average, 67 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in females.
There's an estimated 5,000 deaths caused by cancer a year.
It could be your mother,your sister, your girlfriend, your aunt, your best friend; breast and gynecologic cancers affect all women and the tragic consequences touch each and everyone one of us.
By participating in the 2015 PharmaprixMD Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™, you raise valuable funds for research, prevention, and treatment of this terrible disease. Saving lives has never been sexier, and trust us, the ladies will love you for it.
Getting involved is easy.
When: August 22, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Where: Through the vibrant streets and colourful neighbourhoods of Montreal.
What: Enjoy the full 2-Day, 60km distance with overnight camping and entertainment provided for maximum impact, or try the 1-Day 32km distance.
How: Visit The Weekend To End Women's Cancer website here to sign up!
Being in tune with our bodies is important for many reasons. It's how we get in touch with our feelings, decipher our wants and determine our needs both physically and mentally.
The intuition that comes with knowing your body — what's normal and what's not — can be life-saving. Canadian beach volleyball player, Grant O'Gorman, knows this better than most.
Testicular cancer is the number one most commonly diagnosed cancer among young men aged 18-35. While the outcome for men with testicular cancer is often positive, early detection continues to be key. If it's caught early, it's both treatable and curable, but 62% of men who are most at risk don't know how to check themselves for warning signs. Men's health charity, Movember, is on a mission to change that.
By spreading awareness and educating men on how to self-examine at home, and encouraging them to get to a doctor if something doesn't seem right, this charity is leading a conversation that aims to change how men approach their health.
Since April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Movember is teaming up with this young cancer survivor to spread the word.
In 2019, Vancouver-based Grant felt like a superhero. The then 25-year-old Olympic hopeful went from representing Canada at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour to being completely blindsided by a chilling cancer diagnosis.
Now, he's working with Movember to tell his story and help educate others on the risks of testicular cancer.
No matter your age or how healthy you are, Grant says it's crucial to be aware of your body and to go see a doctor if anything seems off: "You might think you're super healthy, but trust me, I was the healthiest guy and it happened to me."
In an exclusive interview with Narcity, Grant opens up about his personal journey and offers advice to young men.
Questions and responses have been edited for clarity.
Tell us about your journey with testicular cancer. When were you diagnosed and how did you find out?
"In the middle of 2019, my teammate Ben Saxton and I were at the world championships representing Canada, and I noticed that my nipple was feeling a little weird. I thought maybe I dove and scratched it or something. But a couple of weeks later, it started to get bigger. When I squeezed it, liquid came out, and I thought that was super weird.
When I got back to Canada, I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound done on my nipple. Nothing came up. They couldn't figure out what was going on.
I went to a couple of different doctors, and finally one of them suggested I get an ultrasound of my testicles, and that's where they found it. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer."
In what must have seemed like the blink of an eye, you went from being a healthy professional athlete to someone dealing with cancer. What was that like, and how did being diagnosed change you?
"I've always been very strong and healthy as an athlete. The discomfort in my nipple didn't affect my playing, so I thought I was totally fine.
But when they told me, 'You have cancer, you have to get surgery to get this removed,' I remember thinking, 'Why is this happening to me? How is this happening to me? I'm healthy and strong. I do everything I need to for my body.'
Being an athlete, I always felt like a superhero, and as soon as this happened, I just felt vulnerable."
What treatment did you have, and did you fully understand the support available to you?
"I just had my right testicle removed — I didn't have to get chemotherapy or anything else. Luckily, it hadn't spread.
Support-wise, I was lucky to have my whole Volleyball Canada team. I have a psychologist available to speak with me whenever I need, a physiotherapist, my teammate, and my wife, Isabela, so I was okay.
It was the start of the COVID-19 pandemic though, so we were sort of isolated from everyone, which made it a little bit tougher."
What do you wish you had known then that you know now?
"I wish I'd known to really be aware of my body and if something is off — even if it's a small thing — to get it checked out right away. Knowing your body is crucial.
Also, never be shy to go to the doctor, even if you think it's embarrassing. I probably wouldn't have gone to the doctor if my wife hadn't made me go, and then the cancer could have spread more."
For many men, it can be uncomfortable to talk about topics like this. What have you found is the general attitude towards testicular cancer among your peers, and how are you working to change perceptions and raise awareness?
"It's important to realize that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It's a health issue. It's about remaining healthy and alive. You shouldn't be shy about it.
I was never really nervous to tell my friends or anyone, but I think if I was younger I probably would have because it's a very private area.
The main thing is checking yourself regularly, or if you're someone who wants to keep your partner or someone in your life safe, be sure to tell them to check themselves.
If you detect it early, you might only have to get the surgery, as I did. If not, it could be worse."
What is one piece of advice you have for newly diagnosed men, and one piece of advice for men in general?
"If you've recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer, know that there are a lot of other people who have gone through it. I spoke to another beach volleyball player who also had testicular cancer in the past, and it really made me feel more comfortable and that I wasn't alone.
For men in general, know your body well. Besides your testicles, know your feelings, know your hormones... if something's changing, get checked out."
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
"Testicular cancer is a young man's cancer, so check yourself regularly. But if you also have brothers, partners, husbands and fathers that are in your life, remind them to check themselves regularly too.
You can follow the YouTube channel my wife and I have created to learn more about our journey with testicular cancer."
To learn more about testicular cancer, visit the Movember website or check out Movember's Nuts & Bolts page for relevant and reliable tools to help you confidently handle the testicular cancer journey.
This article was originally written by Ashley Corbett and published on Narcity Canada.
La Presse reported that each message indicated similar selection criteria, including: "a white [hospital attendant]," "WHITE WOMAN ONLY," "MUST BE A WHITE WOMAN," "the [attendant] MUST BE WHITE SKINNED."
The 10 messages, which La Presse said spanned 18 days throughout November 2020, were reportedly signed by four different human resources employees at the CISSS des Laurentides.
In emails obtained by La Presse, the CISSS human resources department explained that the requirement was motivated by a "difficult patient" who "only wanted a woman of white skin colour."
The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, an organization dedicated to promoting and upholding Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, has released a statement in response to this story.
"Discrimination and racist practices are prohibited in job postings and [...] they cannot exclude people on the basis of the 14 grounds listed in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, including colour and sex," it said.
According to CTV News, the CISSS Laurentides has launched an investigation.
Paul confirmed to MTL Blog that she took the opportunity to speak to Legault during a January parliamentary meeting on health transfer payments.
"I had just participated a few days before in the [Quebec] Islamic cultural centre's digital commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the [Quebec City] mosque attack," she said.
"The leaders who [spoke] raised their continued concerns around safety [and] systemic discrimination within Quebec, and I felt I needed to pass those messages along to him."
According to Paul, the existence of systemic racism in Canada is "simply a fact."
"Whether it's the case of Mr. [Mamadi] Camara, [or] police use-of-force statistics we have available to us [...] one does not need to compare or reference any other country in order to understand and acknowledge the reality of systemic racism in this country," she said.
What about Bill 21?
Paul described two schoolteachers assigned to her now-teenaged son's kindergarten class in Ontario — a Muslim woman who wore a hijab and a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"They were two of the best teachers that he ever had [...] they were wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a better beginning to his education," she said.
"It occurred to me that he would not have those two teachers, had he been a student asserting his education in Quebec public schools. And that's a terrible thing to think about."
Paul said Quebec's secularism law hinders students from learning about diverse religions instead of encouraging their tolerance and understanding.
"I do not support that law, and this is a question of fundamental human rights. It's a question of freedom of expression and freedom of religion," Paul told MTL Blog.
"Those are not questions of provincial or even federal jurisdiction. These are universal human rights that deserve to be protected as universal human rights."