A breast cancer diagnosis is not easy - aside from the emotional and physical ramifications of treatment, patients often find themselves financially-strained.
So when Elsa Torrejon was fired from her job after revealing she had the illness, one can understand her distress. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario just awarded the Canadian woman $20,000 in damages for the harrowing experience, according to the TheStar.com.
"I thought they were going to support me, to tell me to take my time and focus on my health," Torrejon told the news source. "But they didn't do that. Instead, they just kicked me out."
Torrejon, a 51-year-old single mother, had worked for Western Property as a bilingual leasing agent. In 2008, she found a lump in her breast and has since undergone a mastectomy, radiation and a year of chemotherapy.
"It's the end of a long journey, but that's okay," she said. "It's a happy end."
According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, more than 23,000 women in Canada are expected to be diagnosed with the disease this year.