Meet our Big Cancer Hook-up panelists!

November 4, 2013

The Big Cancer Hook-up is coming your way at the end of November, and we wanted to introduce you to our exciting panelists to get you thinking about the discussion and any questions you may want to ask!


Peter LaneasPeter Laneas
Toronto, ON

Diagnosis: Seminoma germ cell tumour (testicular cancer), December 2002; Non-Seminoma mixed germ cell tumours (sevne tumours), January 2006

Peter is no longer in treatment, and is enjoying a long-term relationship. He has worked throughout his cancer journey/life and keeps himself occupied by volunteering for YACC and working on his business venture for 2014.

Peter says some of the major challenges he faced due to cancer were the sense of isolation, disconnection from those who were close to him before his cancer diagnoses, feeling helpless to cancer, feeling uncertain of his future, dealing with self-perception from a gender-specific cancer, determining odds and complications for fatherhood, and contemplating what would ever measure up to having fought cancer.

Peter is a Localife Toronto leader and guest-emceed the 2013 Shave for the Brave event in Bradford, ON.

Find more about Peter on his blog, Peter Laneas……….An Epic Fountain Of Epic, or by following him on Twitter (@peterlaneas).

Attended: Retreat Yourself 2008, and Survivor Conference 2008.

Lynsey FrangakisLynsey Frangakis
Guelph, ON

Diagnosis: Brain Cancer, December 2011

Lynsey married her “amazing” husband, Steve, six months ago, and they are now enjoying a break in her treatment. She has very recently returned to work, and is adjusting to the many changes and challenges that brings.

Lynsey says the biggest challenge she faced during cancer was giving up her independence. She says she has learned what it really means to be happy, how to love, and how to live every day to its fullest.

Find more about Lynsey on her blog, lynsthefirecracker, or her Facebook page.

Attended: Survivor Conference 2012, Retreat Yourself Nova Scotia 2013, and many Toronto Localife events.


Jamie CarswellJamie Carswell,
Red Deer, AB

Diagnosis: Stage 3 invasive ducal carcinoma (February 2008) and a local recurrence in May 2013

Jamie recently celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary and is also enjoying the role of being a new mom to her eight-month-old son, Lincoln. She is still on parental leave from her job as an RCMP officer, but will then switch to sick leave as she completes the last eight months of chemotherapy of her one-year treatment plan.

She says she wasn’t married and didn’t have children the first time she was diagnosed, and now her energy levels are much more important with a baby to take care of. She can’t sleep when she needs to like before, and she is experiencing other physical and emotional challenges this time around.

Jamie spends her time taking care of her Lincoln, hanging with her family, and has recently started couponing. She is also a board member at the Red Deer Boxing Club and hopes to someday participate again as a coach and athlete.

Attended: Retreat Yourself 2008, Survivor Conferences 2008, 2009, and 2010; and has been a peer supporter at Retreat Yourself West 2009 and 2012.


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