Lock out women's cancer campaign- jacqueline marchand's journey
Written by Julianna Bonnett
Ambassador, daughter, sister, wife and entrepreneur, Jacqueline Marchand was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the lockdown of 2020. When Marchand got diagnosed, she explains that she wasn’t surprised because she knew something was wrong a few months before.
“I was feeling a little pain and I noticed that it was painful to lift my right hand to get things up on a height,” she shares. “I dismissed it and carried on with life, travelling and working hard at my business.”
In the middle of February things got bad for Marchand. The pain became intense and that’s when she decided to go to the walk-in clinic and her Naturopathic doctor.
“That’s where things started going downhill. The pain was horrific and after all the tests, I was told I had cancer,” she explains. “Although I knew that all along, having my doctor tell me that I have cancer rocked my world and my soul to the very core. I felt defeated, and a letdown to my family and friends.”
At this time, Marchand only mentioned it to her immediate family and a few friends from her church. She did not have to let any of her customers from her business know and in spite of the lockdown her medical team was working fast.
“I got great medical attention, not only did I get conventional treatment but also Naturopathic, and most of all, I prayed, and I had a team praying for me,” she says. “I also have a reason to live, my work is not done yet. I prayed I would live and not die, and I believed it and I hung onto it like a lifeline.”
Giving many thanks to her husband and son for being great supporters, Marchand shares when going through cancer, you need a lot of support. “My advice to anyone going through cancer is to get a strong team helping you, and at all costs, stay away from negative people,” she states. “No television or stress and if you believe in the power of prayer, pray.”
While thanking the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre for giving her the opportunity to share her story, Marchand says what empowers her daily is prayers, her family, and her goals.