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Hello fellow Yaccers! I can’t wait to chat and get to know each of you through our adventures in Toronto together.

My name is Kayla; I am 26 years young and I am a 2x blood cancer thriver. I was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014 at the age of 21. In 2015, after a year of treatment, I relapsed at age 22 with Grey Zone Lymphoma, a type of rare blood cancer. During my two years of active treatment, I was attending university full-time and graduated with the rest of my class in 2016. I don’t even know how I did it but I did and here we are!

I joined the YACC community back in 2017 at Retreat Yourself BC where I met a group of amazing humans who changed my life and helped me start on my own path to recovery. Since then I have been involved in multiple Survivor Conferences and retreats as a peer supporter and now as one of your new Localife leaders!

YACC taught me that it’s okay to not be okay and introduced me to a community I didn’t know I needed, but am so grateful to be a part of. As a survivor, I work towards living a holistic lifestyle, including investing in healing myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. I hope to share some of my energy with all of you as we laugh and make memories together in the next year to come. If you ever need someone to talk to, someone to listen, or someone to tell you a funny story, feel free to always reach out to me, I’ve got your back!

Hello you!

My name is Liz; I’m an animal lover and dragon enthusiast. I’ve been living in Toronto for 14 years with the cutest pets.

I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2015 when I was 27-years-old and in university for Nursing. I spent a long time in the hospital having chemotherapy and a limb salvage surgery. For the last four years, I’ve been working on getting my mobility back and managing chronic pain. I’m so pleased and grateful I have recovered enough of my ability to get around our city and join YACC!

Cancer is isolating and alienating for so many reasons; I feel so privileged to have the ability to meet other “Cancer martians” and listen to your stories.

Hope to meet you soon!

My name is Maggie, and I was diagnosed with advanced pharyngeal cancer in 2017 at age of 35.

YACC was a place I accidentally stomped upon and haven’t looked back. I was not sure if this would do me any good since I was having hard time reconnecting with society after cancer but finding YACC was the best thing ever happened to me. I was like a lost boat and YACC was a dock with protective barrier. When I questioned myself after my treatment, YACC made me feel I was no different than anyone else. Our vulnerability is our biggest strength and tool to re-carve our future.

I hope being a part of the Localife Toronto community helps me connect with people who are in the same place I was two years ago. I want everyone to feel comfortable being part of the events and trying something new together.

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