Coping with cancer as a young father of a newborn and toddler (French) (Pascal’s story)

In this video, Pascal talks about being diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 27, and then facing cancer again in his lymph nodes a year later

Watch as Pascal talks about his diagnosis and sudden treatment, and then going through it all again a year later, when his daughter was only a month old and his son was one year. He shares his worry for his family if they were to lose him.

He also talks about needing to work even through chemotherapy, losing his hair, talking with his young son and dealing with fear.

Pascal owns his own eyeglass business. He is married with 2 children.

The truth is, my concern was not my illness, not really. It was focused more on the people around me. My children, my wife, my mother, my father, my sister, my brother, my friends, my work, my responsibilities… you know, all had to be managed. I was so nervous, so anxious.

Watch the video of Pascal talking about having testicular cancer as a young father (in French)

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.