At the Nova Scotia Legistaure. L-R: Ashley Mac Isaac-Butler, NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson, Amanda Hudson-Frigault, MJ DeCoteau

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I had the unique opportunity to travel to Nova Scotia (aka home) with Rethink’s Founder and Executive Director, MJ DeCoteau. Now that I live in Ottawa I don’t usually spend much time on the East Coast in the Fall and forget just how beautiful that part of the country is this time of year. The colours on the trees were near their peak and the smell of the salt water in the air brought me back to my childhood, growing up on the west coast of Cape Breton Island.

Ashley in Halifax
It’s good being back home in Nova Scotia.

The purpose of this trip was to meet Members of the Provincial Legislature (MLAs) to introduce them to Rethink Breast Cancer and to advocate on behalf of young women for greater access to evidenced-based treatments and diagnostic testing to empower these young women facing breast cancer to make more personalized treatment decisions.  Joining MJ & I at these meetings was Amanda Hudson-Frigault, a young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. Amanda spoke eloquently about her breast cancer journey as a young woman and of the many unique challenges she faced.

The MLAs we met with were very engaged in our cause and it is my hope that we can continue to foster these relationships and work with them to improve the lives of young women diagnosed with breast cancer in Nova Scotia.

Next, MJ and I head to Manitoba to meet with MLAs there.