'Devastating' cancer diagnosis leaves Canadian ref on World Cup sidelines

Posted In: News Date:Jun 16th, 2019

For Ottawa's Carol Anne Chenard, there is no high like standing on a soccer pitch refereeing at the Women's World Cup.

She did it in 2011, then again in 2015, and 2019 was supposed to bring another experience of a lifetime.

Then, two days before her flight to France, Chenard's life changed in an instant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 42-year-old said she noticed a lump on her chest earlier this spring. It took a few appointments before her doctor delivered the cancer diagnosis.

"It was a bit of a shock," Chenard told Radio-Canada's Mathieu Nadon.

She was diagnosed early and received her first treatment on June 7 with "minimal side effects," and said she has a good chance to beat the cancer.