I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in June of 2015. Needless to say, I was devastated. My whole life track got thrown off. I was supposed to graduate that coming school year and head off to university. But that didn’t happen.
Instead, I started chemotherapy, and suffered through a lot of the terrible side-effects that came with it. I constantly felt awful; I was ill and tired and sore, and it never stopped. It felt like there was never a break to be had. I was in the hospital almost all the time and what little time I spent at home was spent feeling like crap.
Mom had to stop working and go on EI to make sure I was okay, and to take me back and forth from the hospital. Childcan had to step in several times over the eleven months I was in treatment, paying for parking, food and even the occasional hydro bill. They offered what support they could and my whole family is forever grateful for that.
By the time I started radiation in late October, we were mostly on our feet again, used to the new routine. I got lucky and my side-effects were minimal – just some itching and a lingering burn on the area that was treated. I got to be home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and spend more time with family and friends now that my body had adjusted to the drugs and the chemo.
It’s unfortunate that I had to get used to life as a cancer patient, but that’s what I did. By the end of treatment in May of 2016, we were all grateful to be finished with that chapter of our lives, that I was back to being as relatively healthy as I was ever going to get, and that things could go back to whatever “normal” was now.
I’m still not quite working at 100%, but I’m back to school now and doing my best to get back on track with my life goals. I’m so much better than I was though, and I will always be grateful to the programs like Childcan that helped us through what I can easily say was the most difficult year of my life. Without them and the efforts they make on behalf of families affected by childhood cancer, I never would have made it this far.