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Meet Melissa...

“I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul.” ~ William Ernst Henley, “Invictus”

Melissa Frew always knew she had a risk of developing breast cancer. She just didn’t expect it to happen how it did.

In 2013, Melissa and her sister underwent genetic testing, because of family history. When the results showed a possible link to other genes, she went through a high risk screening program. Unconcerned—she’d just had an all clear mammogram—she agreed to further testing. A few days later, at 41, she was diagnosed with cancer.

“I thought of my girls, who were three and eight at the time. I thought about all my plans and how everything changed in an instant.”

Prior to diagnosis, Melissa was a stay-at-home mum with plans to re-enter the work force.

“Now I am back to that, but with a much different view point than before,” she says. “Time is precious and I want to take advantage of every day.”

You can read more SHE Project stories like these by purchasing the ABC 2016 Fundraising Calendar.

After-Breast-Cancer-mayor-john-tory"“We need people like Alicia, and the people she’s motivated, with a passion to do this... let’s support this organization, because there are a lot of people in this city who need this sort of help.”

John Tory,
Mayor of Toronto,
Former ABC Ambassador

2016-11-23T18:46:26+00:00

John Tory,
Mayor of Toronto,
Former ABC Ambassador

"“We need people like Alicia, and the people she’s motivated, with a passion to do this... let’s support this organization, because there are a lot of people in this city who need this sort of help.”
After-Breast-Cancer-December-Neve-TsaiI think it’s really important for women who’ve had breast cancer to know that there is life after cancer, that you can still be beautiful and vibrant.

Neve Tsai,  
Breast Cancer Survivor

2016-11-23T17:58:56+00:00

Neve Tsai,  
Breast Cancer Survivor

I think it’s really important for women who’ve had breast cancer to know that there is life after cancer, that you can still be beautiful and vibrant.
After-Breast-Cancer-cynthia-mulligan"This is an amazing program to help women find themselves again, so they can go on to have an amazing life, because life is worth living!"

Cynthia Mulligan, 
TV Presenter and Cancer “Graduate”

2016-11-23T18:27:58+00:00

Cynthia Mulligan, 
TV Presenter and Cancer “Graduate”

"This is an amazing program to help women find themselves again, so they can go on to have an amazing life, because life is worth living!"
After-Breast-Cancer-May-Elizabeth"If the After Breast Cancer Program didn't exist, I would be still stuffing my old bras with anything I could  find and hoping that it matched close enough for others not to notice. Thank you for everything you do to help women like me!”

Elizabeth Johnson,
Breast Cancer Survivor

2016-11-23T18:52:02+00:00

Elizabeth Johnson,
Breast Cancer Survivor

"If the After Breast Cancer Program didn't exist, I would be still stuffing my old bras with anything I could  find and hoping that it matched close enough for others not to notice. Thank you for everything you do to help women like me!”

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