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Leanna McKay

Leanna McKay

A little bit about you: Name: Leanna McKay Age: 36 City: Calgary, AB What was/is your diagnosis? Stage 3b colorectal cancer with ovarian mets What year was it? What was…

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5 ways YACC has your back

5 ways YACC has your back

Being in this YACC community has meant showing up for myself, sharing life with others, and creating a thriving community. Why would you not want to be a part of that?

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I was wildly unprepared for parenting with a cancer diagnosis

I was wildly unprepared for parenting with a cancer diagnosis

By my first chemo, I was completely winging it. And I’m not alone.

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Mitchell Ciulla  

Mitchell Ciulla  

A little bit about you: Name: Mitchell Ciulla Age: 21 City: Oshawa, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Acute lymphoblastic leukemia What year was it? What was your age at the…

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Vulnerability is sexy

Vulnerability is sexy

By Alex Mandarino It’s rare that we as individuals hold the power to change the trajectory of somebody’s day just by sharing a piece of advice or kind words. Quite…

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Fear of not living

Fear of not living

By Ashley Morine Fellow YACCtivist Shana Coulliard recently blogged about her experience at the “Writing Through Cancer” workshops during our training weekend. The workshop unexpectedly allowed me to dig deep…

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Overcoming my cancer-related depression

Overcoming my cancer-related depression

YACCtivist Andrea remembers what life was like before depression set in after her cancer diagnosis. Learn how she confronted it.

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How I live life with low neutrophils

How I live life with low neutrophils

YACCtivist Blair writes about how his current treatment plan changed his life, and how he’s dealing with it.

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Survivor Profile
Mike Wark

Mike Wark

A little bit about you: Name: Mike Wark Age: 29 City: Red Deer, AB What was/is your diagnosis? Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) What year was it? What was your age…

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To those diagnosed with cancer from a guy who beat it and is (and will be) there for you

To those diagnosed with cancer from a guy who beat it and is (and will be) there for you

“As someone who actively went through cancer, I have a perspective that most of your family and friends (thankfully) could not have. Below you will find a list of the top ten things I wish someone had told me before I started treatment.”

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To all the doctors I’ve loved(?) before

To all the doctors I’ve loved(?) before

YACCtivist Dani prepares her holiday cards for her medical team — six years later.

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Survivor Profile
Naeem Budhwani

Naeem Budhwani

A little bit about you: Name: Naeem Budhwani Age: 23 City: Toronto What was/is your diagnosis? Hodgkin’s lymphoma What was your age at the time? 22 What is something you’ve…

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A story of how cancer helped save my life and get me sober

A story of how cancer helped save my life and get me sober

“Every day, a drink after work, a drink before bed. On the weekends, Baileys in my coffee or a glass of wine followed by a few gin and tonics. Why? Because it made the pain go away, and it made me feel temporarily ‘normal.'”

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Puppies and purposes

Puppies and purposes

Janelle had to figure out who else she was when her brain tumour disrupted her sense of identity of being “the smart girl.”

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Writing and healing and cancer, oh my!

Writing and healing and cancer, oh my!

I loved every moment of our writing workshop, even the uncomfortable ones. As feelings came up for me, I named them, described them, organized them, and put them down on paper. That was the magic for me. BAM!

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