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Sue Smith, the host of CBC Montreal’s Homerun, recently returned to work after an extended absence to deal with the sudden illness of her mother.

My Mum is 78 and up until a few weeks ago was in pretty good shape; going to the gym and then out for coffee with the girls, driving her numerous grandchildren around, taking care of her 90-year-old husband, talking to me every day.

The seizures came out of the blue — a recurrence of the breast cancer she had battled 15 years ago. That old cancer has metastasized into her brain, her lungs, her adrenal gland and her bones.

A shocking diagnosis for someone so healthy.

What does it mean to be a survivor if cancer can come back after 15 years?

My Mum had a mammogram in June. It was clear. The cancer is not there. It’s just everywhere else.

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