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Building on Strengths to Face Challenges: Understanding Indigenous Cancer Survivorship

ChadHammond1by Chad Hammond, Roanne Thomas, Wendy Gifford


“I call this quilt my ‘Eagle at Rest.’ This is me, new and improved after going through cancer. I have the creativity now.  I feel really connected to who I am again.”


Karen’s words and her quilt convey her feelings of strength and her experience of transformation after breast cancer.  The ‘Eagle at Rest’ was the final quilt she discussed during a sharing session associated with our study.  As Karen discussed her collection of quilts, she described the challenges she faced from diagnosis onward.  All of her quilts contained elements of spirituality.  Strengths such as spirituality, along with various challenges, represent key themes of our interdisciplinary team’s qualitative exploration of cancer experiences among First Nations and Métis peoples in Canada.


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