OMG formed in January 2015 after a group of young(ish) women with breast cancer met during Rethink Breast Cancer's Live Laugh Learn monthly gathering series. When that series came to an end, as newfound friends, we decided to form a grassroots collective and start organizing gatherings on our own. Seven years later, we have grown from a handful of members to a community of 100 and inspired similar gatherings across Canada. Our membership continues to thrive as we connect with and find new members who share this experience.
Who Can Join?
Our group welcomes individuals at any stage in their breast cancer experience, including those who are newly diagnosed, beyond active treatment and those living with metastatic cancer. While most members are women under the age of 50, we welcome anyone diagnosed with breast cancer from the Ottawa area who feel they would benefit from connecting with our group.
What We Do
We share ideas and understanding. We talk about how cancer has affected our lives, from careers and family to dating and everything in between. We share tips on how we managed childcare during treatment or how fertility has been affected by care. We laugh a lot...and sometimes we cry. We lean on and celebrate each other, create lifelong friendships, and pay it forward by offering space to others who are newly diagnosed.
Why We Gather
Ever looked around the Cancer Centre and locked eyes (and smiles!) with that one other youngish person in the waiting room? For many of us, finding a community to help us navigate all the chaos that a cancer diagnosis brings at our stage in life has been the single, greatest silver lining. Many members express relief in finding a community that understands our unique set of challenges. Simply put, we just get it.
Here you'll find some of the people that make up OMG (in alphabetical order, by first name). We are each unique, but share this one, common thread of being diagnosed with breast cancer in our 20s, 30s or 40s. We hope that reading the profiles below will help you know that you are not alone.
Diagnosed at age 35 year at 35 weeks pregnant with PR- ER+ HER2- invasive ductal carcinoma.
OMG Remembers Sam with Love Diagnosed with Stage 3 in 2014 (at only 24), Sam lived with Metastatic Breast Cancer from 2016 to 2021.
Hey OMGers! We'd love to share your story on our Member Spotlight page. Please contact us and we'll get you all set up!