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Dear Sisters
A friend of mine referred a girl to me today who has just been diagnosed with BC. I am not quite sure "how much" to tell her and I can't bring her to the Circle because she is totally French speaking. I remember how scary the first days after dx ... I want to answer her questions honestly but I don't want to overload her either. She will be bringing me her reports Monday to se if I understand them (all in French) and she wants to know what she is facing.
I remember when I was first dx I bought a book about BC from dx through treatment and beyond.... it was info overload and scared the crap out of me so I don't want to do the same to her. Any suggestions ladies??
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cheryl let her ask the questions.  let her take the lead.  I talked with one person once at a friends request and she seemed very non-interested in the whole thing.  I thought it was strange since that was very different than what I was used to.  I wanted to know all about my path report and what everything would be like. 

You will know what to say.  You will be able to see her face and know what she needs.  If it gets touchy there's always "well, that's something that you have to talk over with your doctor".

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Thanks Susan ... as usual you have the answer
My only fear now is translating something wrong... I am french speaking but the terminology is something else... I have enough trouble understanding english BC lingo   I did buy a program today that translates text so I should be OK. I have a feeling I will get more girls inquiring because I live right near the province of Quebec. Mostly french speaking and very little (if any) support like this. I am still thinking of setting up my own little real life "circle" here in town. A place with a library and a computer and an area to just sit and chat. I also want to bring in an LE therapist since I am midway between 2 cancer centres and have to travel over an hour for therapy myself. My former home care nurse said she would probably be able to set me up with a space where she is rent free!! I think I will give it a try.
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Thanks Karen... not stepping on toes at all. I will PM you.


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Cheryl, a French speaker.  I had no idea!!!


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Cheryl,

There is another forum, http://www.bca.ns.ca that has a French forum on it. That may help some.

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Wow!! That was wierd... I was posting and the whole thing disappeared and bumped me back to the homepage Did the post gremlins follow us from the mothership LOL?? Thats the first time that happened to me here!

SUSAN... yep I do the parlez vous. I was born and raised in the province of Quebec which is mainly french speaking. I raised my daughter there (in french) but when DH came here from Wisconsin he didn't feel at home there since he didn't understand the language, and people basically ignored him because he spoke english.. We moved to Ontario in 2001 so we have raised my son in english.

CHERRYLH... thanks for the link, I will check it out.

Karen1956 also connected me with someone who does translating.

Not sure what is up with my little french newbie though ... I think she is hiding right now. I will give her time to adjust and come up for air.

Thanks for your usual help and support ladies.... MUCH appreciated.
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Wow CHERRYLH.. I just checked out the site and I have the same group near here. The one you referred me to is in Nova Scotia and the one I dealt with is in Ottawa Ontaio where I went for surgery and tx. They are the group that will be helping me set up my "live" wagon circle. Small world!


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I think our member Primel, Catherine, is who Karen is referring to.
She is here. We need to send up a signal!
She is wonderful!!
All of you are.


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