Hometown: Victoria, BC
What was your diagnosis? T-cell lymphoma
What school did you attend? Eastern Shore District High School
What is your career goal? Be in a band
What is your occupation? Off on disabilty
How did you find out you were sick? What led to your diagnosis?
I found out I was sick when I felt lumps, then got a biopsy, and was told I had lymphoma.
What was your age at the time?
I was 27 at the time.
In which hospital were you treated?
I have been treated at the cancer clinic in Victoria, BC.
What were your first thoughts when diagnosed?
When I first found out, I was not too scared untill I found out it was a serious, rare form of lymphoma.
How did your family react?
I saw my dad cry, but the rest of my family really didn’t talk about it.
How did your friends react?
My friends seemed sympathetic; I think i have about 12 hats, ha! As the months passed, I have seen less and less of my friends. I was too sick to leave the house, I basically lived in my bed for seven months. I caught some sort of virus and almost died. I went through six rounds of chemo every 21 days.
What did your treatment consist of?
I’m mentally ill and my doctors didn’t think I could go through chemo and be on psych meds at the same time, but I pulled through.
I had weird side effects: numb hands and feet, my nose hurt all the time, and I was very tired.
What is your current medical status?
When I went into remission, the doctors were very surprised. He looked in the air and said, “I dont know how that happened!” (He joked.) He is using my story as a case study across Canada. He said with my type of cancer, there is a very good chance it will come back. That made me a little bitter.
How is life different for you now?
Emotionally, I’m a wreck, but everyone at church prayed for me and threw me a surprise get well party.
Did you attend any support groups?
I didn’t go to any support groups, but would like to. Not to sure what is availble on the island, but i would really like to talk to people in my shoes. It would be nice to chat to someone with cancer and share feelings.