Staying Positive on the Darkest Days

Jessica Stefanidis knew the lump on her chest shouldn’t be there. But she was 26 years old, and she had no other signs or symptoms. So when she had an ultrasound, followed by a biopsy, she wasn’t expecting what came next.

“I was in complete shock when they said the words, ‘Jessica, we don’t have good news for you. It’s breast cancer,’” said Jessica. “I didn’t know what to think; I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Right away, Jessica decided she wanted to be honest and open about her diagnosis and treatment. She even started a blog to share her story.

Jessica was initially treated at her local hospital but was referred to The Princess Margaret so that she would get the care and expertise needed to fight her triple-negative breast cancer. Within days, she started an extensive course of treatment.

Jessica’s journey included rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, radiation, and oral chemotherapy. She’s now on an innovative immunotherapy clinical trial. When you buy a ticket for the Princess Margaret Home Lottery, the funds raised directly support the world-leading clinical trials program at The Princess Margaret. These advancements in research help treat patients, like Jessica.

“You’re helping people like me,” said Jessica, “and anyone else that’s going through something like this to get to that next step, to be able to continue on with our lives, to have that confidence in our Cancer Centre that everything will be okay.”