Resources

This is what we do best. We share. We share our knowledge and our experience. None of us are experts in cancer, but we're all experts in managing our own lives with cancer. We lean on each other and try to make things just a little bit easier for the next person.

Here are some of the resources and supports that have helped us, along with a list of blogs, side projects and businesses that individual OMG members have undertaken.

  • Rethink Breast Cancer - https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/

  • Young Adults Cancer Canada (YACC) - https://www.youngadultcancer.ca/

  • The Centre for Health Innovation - https://thechi.ca/ (previously called The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC)

      • Free services: Head start program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, guided meditation for troubled times, gentle yoga, living with uncertainty support group

      • Other services (may be covered under your insurance plan) include: acupuncture, massage, reiki, naturopathic care, reflexology, physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy - This place was a welcoming non-threatening environment that helped me so much. I am still a patient and can honestly say I have no idea what I would do without them.

  • Vibrant Yoga - https://www.vibrantyogi.ca/ALLACCESS - on demand or live gentle yoga classes with only women. 7 day free trial


Uncovered: A Breast Recognition Project is a resource that focuses on the breast cancer experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Through powerful imagery and genuine storytelling, it shines a light on the physical and emotional scars of breast cancer, cultural barriers and health equity. Uncovered was created in collaboration with Michelle Audoin and developed in response to the significant underrepresentation of, and lack of support for, BI&POC in the breast cancer community. Through the amplification of this collection of stories and experiences, our hope is to help educate all people, including healthcare providers, on the realities and needs of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour with breast cancer, so they are better equipped to support all the people they care for.

Uncovered 2021: This year, we are honoured to launch an expanded version of the Uncovered resource that highlights the realities of BI&POC with breast cancer in navigating the Canadian healthcare system. These stories are told through the lenses and experiences of 8 people from diverse backgrounds, including Jamaican, Nigerian, Guyanese, Trinidadian, Bajan, Inuk, Indian and Filipino voices. Learn more and read their stories in the new resource here: rethinkbreastcancer.com/uncovered/

  • Carolyn Smith, DOMP - ottawaholistic.janeapp.com

  • Jennifer Spak, RMT, DOMP - specializes in fascial tissue dysfunctions at her clinic Livewell Myofascial Release. livewellmfr.com - very helpful to address long-standing stiffness and pain post radiation treatment.

  • Jennifer Turner, Centre for Health Innovation - https://thechi.ca/ - for support group and ongoing cancer care

We love to support each other in our efforts and endeavours. Sometimes an entrepreneurial spirit is ignited post cancer diagnosis; other times, it has always lived there, and we returned to our interests when it was right. Find information and links to some of our writings, blogs, interests, projects or businesses (in alphabetical order).

Our Travelling Library is a basket of cancer-related resources brought to each in-person gathering for participants to peruse and borrow at their convenience. Have something to contribute? Great! Please get in touch and we'll add it to the collection.

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Updated November 3, 2021