It had quickly turned from one of the best days of my life, to one of my worst.
I was still celebrating having given birth, only hours before, to my second child, when my world changed. I found a lump in my breast. How could I find within me the joy of being a mother to my children, 2 year old Elliot and the new and beautiful Maelle, when all I could envision was surgery, chemotherapy, scans and endless medical appointments?
I’m now a 38 year old woman with metastatic breast cancer, and the past three years have been like “whack-a-mole”. My cancer had already spread to my lungs shortly after the breast cancer diagnosis and then it quickly invaded my liver and my spine. Just this past February brain metastases left me unable to read and seizures have stolen my ability to drive.
Living with a terminal illness is lonely and isolating but Wellspring has given me a community of others who understand what I’m going through. The other members at Wellspring, the volunteers and the staff are like a family who give me support, boost my confidence and help me have a voice that is both heard and respected. My favourite Wellspring activity is the exercise class. It’s important for me to stay as active as possible and be supported by fitness professionals who understand my particular limitations.
My loving husband Ian has shown great strength and incredible support over the past three years and but he struggles to handle all of the responsibilities of being both the primary caregiver for both me and the kids. Wellspring is there to help him as well. It is a warm, safe sanctuary, and a community of family that are all going through similar experiences.
Wellspring is there for Anna’s whole family providing a warm, safe sanctuary and a community of people who are going through a similar experience.