The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is dedicated to increasing cancer survivorship in Eastern Ontario.
The international definition of a survivor is anyone who is battling cancer — a patient, spouse, child, parent, friend or caregiver. Survivorship begins the moment of diagnosis and includes all physical, emotional and practical aspects. Cancer survivorship describes the many experiences and emotions that are part of living life as a cancer survivor.
In our ongoing tribute to cancer survivorship we introduce you to those battling the disease.
Grade 4 student
My Grandma has Cancer
Cancer can be a really bad thing but sometimes it’s not too bad. Last year, my Grandma found out she had cervical cancer. It was really sad for me because I didn’t know what that meant. My Grandma and Grandpa explained to me about how cancer works.
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Jamie's Cancer Hat-trick
He was featured as the Ottawa Citizen front page Cancer Survivor in January of 2003 highlighting his story of survival. But as it turned out, he was diagnosed 2 years later with Prostate cancer. Jamie has had a Primary Cancer Hat trick but he is still a survivor!
It was just over two years ago that Manley-Theobald found out that her mom Joan was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer. "…when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer there was no question — I was coming home from Philadelphia," she explains.
The first time I felt some pain in early 2005, I ignored it. I guess I knew in the back of my mind that something was wrong — because I had also been suffering from occasional vomiting, bouts of high fever and abdominal pain, ...
Cancer can be a really bad thing but sometimes it’s not too bad. Last year, my Grandma found out she had cervical cancer. It was really sad for me because I didn’t know what that meant.
Benny Plots scores the winning goal and his Lacrosse team wins the provincial championships. Two years earlier, Benny is on the operating table at CHEO as surgeons remove a malignant tumour from his ribs. Benny is 12 years old.
Spend a few moments with Brian Kilrea and you will be struck by his humility, friendliness and respect for others. Brian's gentle manners belie his reputation as a fierce competitor, hockey player and coach.