Fighting cancer is already a big challenge. Doing it in the midst of a pandemic and contracting COVID-19 is something else. This is the fight led by a mother from Saguenay.
Jessica Létourneau learned on March 9 that she had breast cancer. A few days before the first containment measures, the uncertainty was palpable. “The worst is the wait. […] Do we have to put my immune system down? I was ready to fight ”explains the mother.
Jessica underwent chemotherapy and then radiotherapy treatments. However, with only three treatments remaining, she tested positive for COVID-19. These treatments are then suspended.
“I found it more difficult than announcing my cancer because there was nothing I could do. It’s like a runner who comes to the end of his marathon and falls. Once again, it was uncertainty, because we did not know when it could resume. ”
Jessica Létourneau nonetheless found certain inconsistencies in the public health discourse. “On December 26, I was able to go to Costco, but I had to wait for two negative tests before resuming my radiation treatments. It’s my survival, it’s not a tanning treatment. “
The treatments finally started again at the beginning of January. Today she feels good and wishes to deliver a message of caution. “I understand that some do not understand the impact, but we all know someone who needs the health system. When I see someone reckless, it saddens me, because that’s how it came to me ”.
The next step is permanent breast reconstruction. Again, the date of the operation is unknown due to the pandemic. The wait continues.