Pauktuutit publishes guide to support Inuit through cancer – NunatsiaqOnline

March 09, 2017

“So many people have language barriers because their first language is Inuktitut”

It’s been 10 years, but Sophie Keelan can clearly remember the moment she was diagnosed with cancer.

That was in 2007. The now-retired interpreter and community health worker from Kangiqsualujjuaq was in a Montreal hospital when the doctor told her she had breast cancer.

“When the doctor gave me the news, I was completely lost,” recalled Keelan, who was alone at the time. “I was far from home and family—it was like I was walking in the clouds.”

Over the next few days and weeks, Keelan said she remained in disbelief, while she processed the diagnosis and how to move forward.

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