Eff Off Cancer!
The word "cancer" has unfortunately become very significant in my life. After an early stage breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, my cancer came back with a vengeance in 2017. It was everywhere; in my bones, lymph nodes, liver and ovaries. Stage 4 cancer, at 35. I thought I had 3 months left to live until the amazing oncologists at The Ottawa Hospital told me I would be ok. I was skeptical at first, but almost 2 years later I know that they were right. Because of the latest research and treatments available, my cancer continues to shrink and I am living a normal life. I live for the now knowing that there are no guarantees for the future, but am hopeful that cancer treatments will continue to evolve so that those of us diagnosed with this disease can live a long life.
Although my cancer story is a “success" I know firsthand that this is not the case for everyone. In December 2018, my mom died of lung cancer. She was only 62 and it was not her time. Her cancer was very aggressive and she did not have the same chances as me.
After my stage 4 diagnosis in 2017, I never thought I would be able to do an event like THE RIDE again. The cancer had caused a fracture in my lower spine and had eaten away at my left femur. Chemo, radiation, surgeries and targeted therapies at The Ottawa Hospital have made me (almost) as good as new! I am forever grateful for The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program and the world class treatment I receive there.
On September 8, 2019, I'll DO THE RIDE and bike 117kms in support of cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. I am doing this in honour of my mom, for me and my cancer BFF Nadine in Toronto, for all those out there with Metastatic Breast Cancer, and for everyone else directly or indirectly affected by cancer.
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