It is in particular thanks to the love brought to her by her animals that a sixty-year-old suffering from a generalized and incurable cancer savor the “time remaining”, when she has already exceeded the forecasts of the doctors.
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64-year-old Christiane Desmarais does not know how much longer her palliative chemotherapy treatments will allow her to stay alive.
Suffering from stomach cancer that has become generalized, the resident of Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon received the fatal diagnosis in January 2019.
“Their prognosis was six months without chemotherapy, and with treatments, a year or a year and a half,” says the one who has defied medicine for more than six months.
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Resilient, Mme Desmarais says it took nearly three months to accept his fate. “It’s like a brick on the head, you never expect that,” she says.
The sixty-year-old admits that the presence of her three dogs, Ti-Mousse, Riquette and Milord, as well as her cat, Ti-Matou, allows her to cope with the disease, keeping the focus on “the present moment”. “They [ses animaux] are always happy, in a good mood, it makes a pleasant life. ”
Their cat Ti-Matou also brings them a lot of comfort.
Far from his relatives
She must also live this difficult ordeal far from her loved ones, due to her state of health and the risk of contracting COVID-19.
“You can’t really forget cancer, but it’s much less worse when you have a routine and take care of animals,” says her husband of the past 37 years, Claude Champoux.
He also admits that the presence of his dogs also helps him when he has periods of insomnia or anxiety, due to his partner’s state of health.
“I try not to think too much about what will happen to me afterwards. It will create quite a void. We complement each other so well, we never get bored together. I have the ideal woman for me, and knowing that I am going to lose her at some point is difficult ”, confides Mr. Champoux with emotion.
Give up their “life project”
Animal lovers, the couple had to “reorganize” their life because of cancer, in particular by putting an end to their “life project”, which was to own a farmhouse.
“We got rid of our animals. Now pets are part of the family, ”says Mme Desmarais, who also took a hasty retirement.
Today, Mme Desmarais intends to “pay for the draft”. It is for this reason that the couple got married intimately last summer.
She also realized her dream of boarding a hot air balloon. If sanitary measures allow it in the coming months, the couple would like to visit Western Canada.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116