Age at interview: 75
Nadia (75 years old) was born in Trinidad but has lived in Canada for over 50 years. She has two children and three grandchildren and lives with her son.
Nadia was just diagnosed with breast cancer 1 week ago. She found the lump herself while she was in the shower. Shortly after her discovery she had to go to the emergency department for another health issue and was admitted to the hospital. There, the doctors discovered her lump and made sure she was tested while she was in the hospital. In this short period since her diagnosis, Nadia has had to make many changes and decisions. For example, at first, it was impossible for her to use the word breast cancer and it is only after a full week that she has been able to say these kind of words. She has informed her closest family members but doesn’t want any friends or other people to know about her disease at the moment. Once her breast has been removed she feels things can return back to ‘normal’. Her daughter, who works in a hospital, has been indispensable in helping her to understand the diagnosis and guide her through the health care system.
- Surgery – Nadia ANadia (A) speaks about her fears and possible surgery just after she discovered the lump.
- How it affects family and friends – Nadia ANadia (A)'s best friends do not know she has breast cancer. She wants to keep things normal.
- Coping strategies – Nadia ANadia (A) tried to cope with worrisome thoughts by thinking about something nice, like her grandchildren. However, as she explains, that only worked to a point.
- Relating to health care professionals – Nadia A (2)Nadia (A) speaks about her encounter where she was uncomfortable but encouraged the students to participate
- Relating to health care professionals – Nadia ASome words are difficult to understand for Nadia (A).