The mother of four explains that her neighbour is the one who first mentioned the My Active Health program. After having a look at the initiative’s Facebook page, she started using it to share her experience with the disease. “In the beginning, I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of interaction on the Facebook page, so I started posting photos,” admits Carole.
As the side effects from her treatments weren’t too bad, she started getting more involved with the program at the beginning of 2018. A fan of cross-country skiing, Mrs. Beaudoin decided she would continue to enjoy her favourite sport as long as she could, at her own pace.
At one point, Carole Beaudoin even wondered whether her treatments were actually working. “Time passed, and things were going well, so I continued being active. Having few side effects and a lot of energy, I developed anxiety because I thought the chemotherapy wasn’t working,” she explains.
“My doctor told me that staying physically active was helping ease the side effects, but that the chemotherapy and radiotherapy were doing their job. I stayed active, and my radiation oncologist confirmed that it was helping me manage my fatigue, which is the main side effect of radiotherapy,” she remembers.
“On the My Active Health Facebook page, I shared how staying active during my treatments had created a virtuous circle.” Carole is now in remission. “It all ended in May 2018, and my recovery started over the summer.”
Exploring new horizons
As kinesiologist specialized in oncology Myriam Filion, who leads the My Active Health program, explained, women often develop friendships when they partake in the program. Carole Beaudoin is no exception, and continues to maintain relationships with people she met through the initiative. “We often don’t dare to go out much and meet new people; we tend to stick to our family almost exclusively. That is when social networks take on so much more importance. It really motivated me to see what other women were doing, exchange tips with them, and talk about other things with them, too. But we all had one common goal: being and staying active.”