Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate.
In 2022, it is estimated that 760 women will be diagnosed with the disease. That is two women hearing the words, ‘you have cancer,’ every day.
Kristen Fiolleau of Saskatoon is one of those women. In June 2014, Kristen was a busy mother of a two-year-old daughter. While getting ready for bed one night, she noticed a painful lump in her breast. What she thought was a cyst was actually more serious. She had Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
“I was in shock, and I had a lot of anger upon hearing those words,” Kristen explains. “Someone was telling me I had an expiry date. You know what it is, and those numbers are scary.”
A friend encouraged Kristen to share her story live on-air during the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research. She walked on stage the day after finding out her cancer had progressed to stage 4 and announced it to everyone.
“It was important to me to scream that out. I needed a cure. I needed a treatment plan…I needed research,” Kristen says.
She would then become an ambassador for the event, supporting other breast cancer patients and survivors as they bravely shared their stories on air and advocating for the event.
“That one dollar could be someone’s life; it could be my life. That could be what I need right now to have hope for myself and hope for my daughter’s future, and hope for every woman’s future,” Kristen explains.
As for Kristen’s health today, she is celebrating two milestones this year.
“It is an amazing year for me, as it is the big 40! Nine years ago I was desperate for this milestone, and now I get to celebrate it!” Kristen says.
She is also celebrating her 5 year anniversary of being ‘cancer free’.
“I will always have the fear of reoccurrence, as do many. That feeling never stops and that is why research is so important! I never want to enter treatment again.” She says, “Or at least, I want research to help add options to the treatment plans available to me.”
For information on the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research or to donate click here.