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Resilience

isabelle neron

February 10, 2021

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In 2009 at the age of 39, I battled breast cancer. I endured two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. This fight lasted an entire year, and at times I thought I would never have the chance to curl again, a sport which is one of my great passions in life. But 2013 brought a pleasant surprise: I had the opportunity to compete in the very first Canadian mixed doubles curling championships in Leduc, Alberta. So after getting back into training, I was truly happy to return to the ice and compete. After the round robin, I assumed that we had been eliminated, and I was emptying my locker and getting ready to head back to Quebec. But just as I was leaving the locker room I was told that my team had qualified for the championship rounds thanks to a really solid result in the shoot out. So back out onto the ice we went, making sure to enjoy every moment of every game, and that’s how we made our way to the final and won! The Canadian championship was for me personally a testament to my resilience in fighting back and never giving up in my cancer battle. I will always be incredibly proud.