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Patient and Family Stories

 

As we develop province-wide plans, policies and practices, we always remember that at the heart of every cancer story is an individual. These are some of the stories of the patients and families who motivate and inspire everything we do.


Kendall C. sitting on a couch with a man

Kendall C. 's then-fiancée, Brandy, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2012, at the age of 28. After 3 rounds of intensive chemotherapy, she received a stem cell transplant in July 2013. Now married, the couple looks forward to their future together.
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Brad G.

Brad G. was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma at age 26. He had a cancer ribbon and “Survivor” tattooed on his chest while he was recovering from the disease. “I think everyone should consider themselves a survivor starting at diagnosis,” he says.
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Anya H.

Anya H. lost her husband, Fred, to colon cancer 6 years ago. Her son, Ted, died of testicular cancer just 4 years later, at age 35. As a retired psychotherapist, and patient and family advisor with Cancer Care Ontario, she would like to see better methods of measuring and evaluating whether people are having their emotional needs met.
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Joanne M.

Joanne M. is a 2-time cancer survivor and co-chair of both the Ontario Cancer Plan Executive Sponsor Group and Cancer Care Ontario’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. “Through my experience working on this OCP, I now know there is a strategic plan to ensure that my outcome is the very best,” she says.
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Patricia P.

Patricia P. was treated for breast cancer in 2004 and now considers herself a “cancer thriver.” She is a member of Cancer Care Ontario’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and is also a patient advisor with both the Regional Cancer Centre and The Ottawa Hospital. She asks healthcare professionals to remember that patients are first and foremost people. 
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Lillian C.

Lillian C. was worried about her family’s safety when she was told to spend 5 days at home (but to not go out in public) following her radioactive iodine capsule treatment for thyroid cancer in 2008. The self-described “soccer mom” joined Cancer Care Ontario’s Patient and Family Advisory Council to raise awareness of the challenges, stresses and confusion related to take-home cancer therapies.
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Gail S.

Gail S. is a retired teacher and school administrator who says surviving 2 bouts of cancer (breast and uterine) has made her more appreciative of life and more compassionate towards others. She is very active in her community, belongs to numerous clubs and swims half a mile almost every day.
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Carly G.

Carly G. ’s father passed away from colon cancer in 2000 and her stepfather is being treated for refractory lymphoma. Motivated by her father’s spirit, she pursued a degree in biochemistry, and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.
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Rhonel B.

Rhonel B. decided to study health information management at school after watching healthcare providers access her sister's medical records. “Better access to information goes hand in hand with sustainability because it reduces redundant tests and improves decision-making,” she says.
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Lianne D.

Lianne D. was treated for acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2000 when she was just 27 years old. Cancer-free but struggling with ongoing memory loss, “brain fog” and fatigue that she attributes to intensive chemotherapy, she devotes her time to her family and being a “professional volunteer” with a wide range of organizations, including Cancer Care Ontario’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.
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