Life is Tough, So am I - Anita D.

Most of you reading this are probably a friend/family member of Anita’s, or have at least heard a crazy story (or 2.. or 3) about her - but for those who don’t, I’ll give you a brief intro. Anita was born & raised in Glace Bay, NS. She is the daughter of Eddie & Ida Donovan and the oldest of 5 siblings (Bernadette, Stephanie, Edwina & George).

She currently resides in Cole Harbour, NS with her husband, Hugo and their two children, Abi (15) and Mathis (14). She is probably one of the funniest people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting & will always tell you like it is.

Anita was sadly diagnosed with Stage 3A Breast Cancer this past October. Many of us (unfortunately) know how fast and furious cancer can be, so the past three months have been filled with tests, procedures, and surgeries. A lumpectomy was performed on November 16th, where they removed the lump and 9 lymph nodes for testing. After discovering that there were actually 3 tumours and not just the 1, a mastectomy was quickly scheduled and her left breast was removed on December 19th (R.I.P. left tit, or “Frankentit” as she calls it).

Her chemotherapy treatments began on February 1st, and will continue every 3 weeks over the next 18 weeks. She will have a short break after her chemo treatments before moving onto 5 weeks of radiation.

In true Anita fashion, she has kept a positive attitude and sense of humour since her diagnosis. She said herself, “2018 ( the year I turn 50) will be a long hard year, there will be ups and downs, good days and bad, thankfully I’m a pretty awesome person so I have lots of friends. I still see light at the end of the tunnel. It takes 5 years to be considered cancer free, by then I’ll have new hair, new boobs and my kids will be gone away to university!”

As you can imagine, the next few months will be a bumpy road, and money should be the family’s last concern. The funds raised from this campaign will help cover the cost of her medications and help relieve any financial burdens the family is facing with Anita not being able to work.

Lastly, Anita is taking a step back from social media while undergoing treatment to focus on her recovery. She will still be checking in from time to time (or creeping, as she put it), but wants everybody to know that she truly appreciates all of the support that she has been receiving. If you’d like to reach out to her, you can contact her friend Dee Ellis or her siblings/parents, and they will pass along the message.

Thank you all so much in advance for your support and donations! ❤
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 52 mos
  • Jason Detchevery 
    • $30 
    • 52 mos
  • Greg & Shelly Legustason 
    • $200 
    • 52 mos
  • Wanda Hogg 
    • $50 
    • 52 mos
  • The Maloney's 
    • $500 
    • 52 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Whitney Smith 
Eastern Passage, NS
Anita Donovan