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Carly

Carly
Bio: I'd struggled with Bartholin Cysts for years & eventually diagnosed with Vulva Cancer. It's been a tough road but this journey has taught me everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reasons suck but most times the lessons are powerful.
Cancer Type: Vulva Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Vulva Cancer
Vulva Cancer Symptoms: Pain in vaginal area
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 Groin lymph nodes removed before treatment. After chemo and radiation the rest of tumour was surgically removed. Process called radical vulvectomy. Post surgery I had serious infection resulting in a 2 week hospital stay and debridment. Cancer returned again in 2017 resulting in a hysterectomy, colostomy and reconstruction.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I didn’t lose my hair.

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1 Very Palpable Hit

1 Very Palpable Hit
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: high-grade serous ovarian adenocarcinoma (sub-type of epithelial)
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: I found a lump in my neck above my collarbone, and I had been having shortness of breath when speaking and exercising. Also tightness of upper chest when exercising.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: TAHBSO and section of supraclavicular lymph node on July 25th, 2011; emergency flap craniotomy (brain surgery) Jan 30, 2016
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Combined carboplatin and taxol, both administered systemically by IV started August 10, 2011, with last cycle administered November 23, 2011. Side effects included: nausea that was only gotten under control after the second administration using about 5 drugs; intense fatigue; muscle and joint pains that were reduced with tylenol and later greatly reduced with gabopentin; intense neuropathy in hands…more

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April

April
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Indolent B-Cell Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms: Swollen lymph node on jaw in front of ear and swollen lymph nodes on neck

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Jessica

Jessica
Bio: I am a wife and mother of two young kids - my son is almost 5 and my daughter just turned 3. I have been married for 8 years. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially outdoors. I am active and enjoy running.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms: Occasional night sweats, mild pain in stomach, some fatigue.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I will be starting Bendamustine and Rituximab chemo on August 20th and 21st. I will be having treatment for 2 days every 28 days for 6 months followed by 2 years of maintenance therapy.

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Mary

Mary
Bio: Was diagnosed with cancer at 28. Younger than the norm. I just want all woman to be aware of this awful cancer but also know that there are wonderful people in the world. While having a successful surgery I am now going through a Breast Reconstruction that has not been easy. I have been blogging the progress of my necrosis and…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Breast Cancer Symptoms: A lump in my left breast the size of a ping pong ball.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Radical Mastectomy October 28th 2011. The surgery was a successful one. Was very happy with the clean cut. No side effects.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 types of chemo started November 21st 2011. Nausea, migraines, fatigue, mouth sores, dizziness, bad taste in mouth.

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Carol

Carol
Bio: Hi, my name is Carol, I live in Alberta Canada, I was married for 29 years and have 3 gorgeous sons. I knew I was sick for a while, but had no idea with what. I really had to become assertive in 2010 when my fatigue, and overall condition became so toxic, that I was forced to sell my…more
Cancer Type: Kidney Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma
Kidney Cancer Symptoms: Memory Loss, Lower Back Pain, Night Sweats, Fatigue, Confusion, Water Retention, Bloating, Toxicity Weight Gain - RCC Discovered during ultrasound for doctors theory of me having PCOS - due to my symptoms. CT Scan confirmed suspected RCC and 4 nodes on left lower lobe of lung.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy to remove tumor on Left Kidney, March 25th 2011 - Surgery was a great with good margins taken. Side effects were extreme nausea, lung collapse, and continual fluid on left lung to date.

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Lynn

Lynn
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Aggressive Diffuse Large B Cell
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms: Sudden large tumour on inside of thigh
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R CHOP, effectiveness stalled after 5 treatments GDP, 2 treatments ineffective ICE, to begin asap

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Carolynne

Carolynne
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer

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Jennifer

Jennifer
Bio: Hi my name is Jennifer. I am a female in Technology in the beautiful city of London, Ontario. Please feel free to ask any questions about my experience. And joining me in hoping for a day when there is a cure.
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Sarcoma Symptoms: First Cancer was Endometrial Cancer -Very heavy bleeding -Abdominal pain -Fullness -Fatigue -Edema Sarcoma (2017) Growing lump on elbow pain tingling edema
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Total Abdominal Hysterectomy Surgery, Bilateral Salpingectomy, Laparotomy February 5th, 2016 March 9th/ 2017 - Removal of leison

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Julia

Julia
Bio: I'm a single, self-employed piano teacher working from my own home studio, avid sea kayaker and adrenaline junkie, mom to three incredible grown kids and two cats.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: triple negative breast cancer, grade 3, stage 2b
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lumpectomy (quadrantectomy?) removal of two tumours, 2cm and 3 cm, with gamma radioactive boluses injected in 4 places around my areola, and blue dye injection, as well as removal of 4 sentinel nodes

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