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Portland store caters to women facing cancer

‘Just Like a Woman’ specializes in helping women deal with all the changes a breast cancer diagnosis brings.

PORTLAND, Ore — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. ‘Just Like a Woman’ in Southwest Portland specializes in helping women deal with all the changes a diagnosis brings.

Cary Goldberg clearly remembers the day, 14 years ago, when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. “It wasn’t supposed to happen to me. I’m half Asian, I have great genes, no one in my family has cancer, but it doesn’t matter, anybody can get breast cancer,” said the mother of two.

Since her treatment started with chemotherapy, Goldberg didn’t think she would have surgery. But the cancer spread and she had a double mastectomy. “It’s another piece of the healing journey from breast cancer and I think it’s a really important piece” explained

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Family’s struggle for clean housing shines spotlight on gaps facing mentally ill tenants

A St. John’s man with mental illness has been removed from his squalid apartment, a move that comes as vindication for him and his family but also shines a spotlight on the increasing challenges between local landlords and tenants with mental illness.

On Sept. 23, Dolores Moore told CBC News her brother’s apartment on Bay Bulls Road needed to be condemned, with its bathroom covered in mould, its toilet and ceiling leaking. There was also a bedbug infestation this summer, she said.

Forty-eight hours later, on Friday afternoon, inspectors showed up at the property and officials from both the City of St. John’s and the provincial government issued an order to vacate, with the city’s order calling the apartment “unfit for habitation” and “an immediate health hazard.”

“I am grateful to the city inspector and the public health official for validating what Bob and I have been saying,” Moore said.

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