Catherine Musslewhite

Age: Adult
Association: Patient
Region: Alberta, Canada
Cancer: Breast

"Cancer does not define me nor does it scare me anymore. It’s simply a part of my journey on this earth."

I was turning 40 and decided to have a physical and asked for a mammogram. Although my doctor said I was too young I had it anyways. During the mammogram the doctor asked to take a biopsy and one week later the call came in. Breast cancer. The most aggressive kind. I am now 50 and the cancer has slowly spread to my lymphatic system and my bones. I have lost my hair twice, am covered in radiation scars from the burns and am on my third round of hormone therapy. Three years ago my insurance requested an update from my oncologist. It’s a very difficult thing to see the words “life expectancy less than two years”. I made up my mind then and there that I was not ready to go so easily and I slowly started working out again. Cancer does not define me nor does it scare me anymore. It’s simply a part of my journey on this earth.

I now attend hot yoga a few times a week and I feel fabulous! I have continued to dive, I have gone ziplining and climbed the pyramid at Coba. I bike ride with my grandson. I have learned to drive a boat and fished the mountain lakes of the Canadian rockies. I have taken my grandson to both Disneyland, Disneyworld, Universal and Knottberry and ridden the fastest roller coasters and rides. I go out regularly with friends and family. I am like a teenager again. One of the most frustrating things for me is that people who meet me don’t believe I have cancer. “You look so great!” or “you can’t be sick,” they say. One person actually said we are “delusional” about my diagnosis! I am blessed to be able to get out of bed and put myself together.