Greer Hozack, a 41-year-old mother of three, remembers being paralysed with fear when she found out she had breast cancer.
She was scared for herself, her husband and her children, and horrified that her mother would have to watch her suffer.
Hozack survived her ordeal with courage and gratitude, and became a model to other women by raising more than $13,000 in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
Hozack’s story is featured in a new magazine called Pink & Teal.
Pink & Teal is a lifestyle magazine for those with women’s cancers. Pink stands for breast cancers, and teal signifies gynecological cancers such as ovarian, cervical, uterine, vagina and vulvar.
The magazine includes feature stories about women, as well as articles on food, shopping, style, family, intimacy, fitness, nutrition, travel, entertainment, health and beauty. It includes resources for women looking for help.
“Pink & Teal is for women who have been newly diagnosed, women in treatment and for those survivors who are trying to find their new normal,” says publisher Lisa Bucher.
She feels strongly that while breast cancer gets a lot of exposure, gynecological cancers should get more attention.
“People need to starting talking more about vaginas and cervixes and all those lovely girl parts, like we do about boobs and breast cancer,” says Bucher. “We strive for this in the magazine, and we touch on sensitive topics like sexuality.”
Pink & Teal is now available at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore on Harbord Street or through pinkandteal.ca.
Hozack’s advice to other women with cancer: “Looking into the future, at the big picture, can be overwhelming … Take it one day at a time.”