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Heather Brown


I identify as an English Canadian, married with two children, thyroid cancer survivor, lover of many types of music, and someone who is driven to care for others and strives to be involved and volunteer to help make a difference in the community.

Heather (she/her) is caring.

She is a papillary carcinoma with tall cell variant (thyroid cancer) thriver. She was diagnosed at the age of 32 and had total thyroidectomy surgery and then radioactive iodine treatments in 2017. Officially no evidence of disease as of spring 2018.

She connected with YACC in January 2018, attending the Big Cancer Hook-up in Ottawa for her first event. Since then, she has participated in Localife Ottawa events, multiple Big Cancer Hook-ups, multiple Survivor Conference Virtual events, a few YACC Chats, and was on the social committee for Survivor Conference Virtual: Chance.

She is eager to give back to YACC and the AYA community because it was such an important part of her own cancer experience.

Diagnosis: Papillary thyroid cancer

Age at diagnosis: 32

Location: ON


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