“He lives with a lot of the side effects from the cancer treatments that he received. He was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 5 years old. It’s been 8 years, and he’s cancer free now. But it came with a cost. He lives with a lot of issues – he’s blind and deaf on one side and he’s got facial paralysis. He lives with a lot of issues but he’s doing absolutely amazing. He was sick for about a month or two. He was throwing up in the morning, nothing serious but enough to raise some flags. We took him to emergency one day, and they happened to do a CT-Scan of his head and 20 minutes later we were told that he had a brain tumor. Never in a million years would we ever have thought that we would be that family or even get any kind of news like that. So, he was in the hospital for 8 months. He was very sick and we almost lost him. We decided to bring him home to try to spend as much time as we could with him and for some reason when he came home, as soon as he walked through the door, life changed. He got better and here we are 8 years later. He’s now an advocate for Childhood Cancer, he’s taken it all in and wants to make a difference. At 13 years old, he speaks for other children, for our family, and he’s strong. The physical change is very hard. You know, he doesn’t look like his friends; his hair hasn’t grown back but he takes it all in”


“I was pregnant with my second child when the first one got sick. Last November we got the second shock of our life. My 3 year old was diagnosed with the same brain cancer. It was at the exact same spot as of my first child’s – which is very rare. She’s now 4 years old, she’s healthy and running around. So, we seem to have a lot of happy endings, which a lot of family don’t, but that’s our story. I know it’s a cliché but I learned not to take life for granted – I learned how to appreciate the things that normally didn’t matter. I don’t make a big deal out of the little things anymore. I almost lost two children, and I just try to soak it all in everyday; every day that I have them with me it’s a blessing. And I feel so lucky. We don’t live without fear. Every day that we wake up we don’t know if the cancer will come back. But I just look forward to trying to enjoy every day that I have with them.”

HUMANS OF OTTAWA 

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