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19 things you didn’t know about my time in ICU

19 things you didn’t know about my time in ICU

I played Risk the night before I went to hospital with a fever and an unknown infection in my Hickman catheter. And I won! I took over the world the night before my whole world changed forever. The last memory I have before life-support was begging for more pain-killers. That was five days before I…

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Charlene Charles

Charlene Charles

Name: Charlene Charles Age: 40 City: Markham, ON What was your diagnosis? Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma What year was it? What was your age at the time? My first diagnosis was in 2015; I was 37 and turning 38 in a few weeks. My second diagnosis was the next year when I was 38….

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Joanne Archibald

Joanne Archibald

A little bit about you: Age: 25 City: Toronto, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Biologically, the diagnosis was large diffuse B cell lymphoma (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). However, the cancer presented itself much more like Burkitt’s Lymphoma — Stage IV — with two large tumors. One tumor was 11 x 10 cm and growing in my mediastinum…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about my diagnosis

Everything you ever wanted to know about my diagnosis

Why do some people feel like they can ask me so many insanely personal questions?

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We’re one month away from the 18th Annual Climb!

We’re one month away from the 18th Annual Climb!

We’ve had another tough run at YACC this year, losing amazing people in our community like Justin, Megan, Stephenie, Jody, and others. I’m climbing in memory of them, and to give YACC more resources to help their cancer brothers and sisters.

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Courtney Fleming

Courtney Fleming

A little bit about you: Name: Courtney Fleming Age: 27 City: Peterborough, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Grade II Ependymoma What year was it? I was told I had a brain tumour in 2016; a surgery on February 6, 2017 removed approximately 95 per cent of it, and I was given my official diagnosis in…

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Dawn

Dawn

A little bit about you: Name: Dawn Age: 40 City: Toronto, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Uterine Leiomyosarcoma (Lie-yo-my-yo-sarcoma), Stage 3, low-grade. What year was it? What was your age at the time? 2015; 38-years-old. What is something you’ve done that you’re really proud of? In 2012 I changed careers and decided to go back…

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Treason: “He’s a crook” (Part 2)

Treason: “He’s a crook” (Part 2)

Despite the goodwill of charitable supporters and the belief that “it’s a great cause,” the trust and belief we charities are afforded on the revenue side is sharply contrasted with the treasonous accusations levied on the expense side of our organizations.

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Trust: “It’s a great cause” (Part 1)

Trust: “It’s a great cause” (Part 1)

We are excited to share our annual report for our 2015-16 year. It was a year of continued impact on young adults facing the end of their lives just as they’re starting. It was a year of pressure and intensity. It was a year we finished stronger than we started.

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10 things you should tell your caregiver

10 things you should tell your caregiver

Here is Jody Mason’s list of things to tell your caregivers to give them some insight into what you’re feeling.

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Bullet journaling through brain fog (Part 3)

Bullet journaling through brain fog (Part 3)

By Elise Bonder Mastering your basic bullet journal is easy, and there is no shame at leaving it at that. But, if you’re the kind of person who likes to wander through art and craft stores, read on! Part 3 of my bullet journal series is all about my favourite hacks and tools that make…

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Alexander Mandarino

Alexander Mandarino

A little bit about you: Name: Alexander Mandarino Age: 22 City: Brampton, ON What was your diagnosis?   Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) What year was it? What was your age at the time? November 2014, I was 20-years-old. What is something you’ve done that you’re really proud of? I get this question a lot, and quite…

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Bullet journaling through brain fog (Part 2)

Bullet journaling through brain fog (Part 2)

By Elise Bonder For the second post in this series, I want to get into why, why, why I bullet journal. The fog is thick—I mean THICK—in this brain of mine. Surgery and chemo and surgery and chemo and surgery some more have left my memory, time management, and processing sub-par. At heart (and pre-cancer),…

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Bullet journaling through brain fog (Part 1)

Bullet journaling through brain fog (Part 1)

Elise said, “I know that many of you are like me — forgetful, unaware of time, distracted and frustrated that nothing seems to keep your brain in order. In the electronic world, we are so quick to want an app to solve these problems but I’ve found that old-school is working better than anything else. I bullet journal.”

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Megan Campbell

Megan Campbell

Sadly, Megan passed away in July 2017. We will remember her sweet nature, contagious spirit, and desire to help others. She leaves a huge legacy here at YACC, and her impact will help change the lives of other young adults affected by cancer in Canada. Name: Megan Campbell Age: 27 City: Edmonton, AB What is…

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