About me

Hey Everyone,

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My name is Carley Elle Allison, i’m 19 years old. February 4th 2013, i was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor outside my trachea, and i went into remission for 9 months. August 25th 2014 I was diagnosed with Clear Cell Sarcoma in my lungs.

I have undergone six rounds of chemo therapy, tracheal surgery, and i have completed 32 days of high intensity radiation to cure the cancer in my trachea. I am currently going through oral chemotherapy to target the cancer in my lungs.

when i was first diagnosed I was a grade 12 student with quite the busy schedule. along with school i figured skated competitively. I have been skating since i was six years old, and ever since then i have been attached to the ice training six days a week year round. My schedule during the school year is pretty crazy, and most days it sounds a bit like this; wake up, skate, school, skate during spare, back to school, skate, homework, music lesson, bed, and start all over again. So iv’e gotten pretty used to being active almost 24/7.

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Another big part of my life is music. music has been my passion ever since i was young. I started taking guitar lessons when i was 11 years old, and i’ve been singing for as long as i can remember. when I was 15 i started teaching myself how to play the piano and that really opened more opportunities for me musically.

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In the summer time, i get weekends off training, so my family and i go up north to our cottage in Halliburton ON. i think its safe to say, this is my favourite place in the entire world. when i was younger i was always the “tom boy” between me and my two sisters, and i was probably more adventurous then i should have been. At 8, i was already climbing to the top of the cliffs with my 10 year old cousin Jeff to go cliff jumping, while all the other girls were jumping off the little rocks. I always liked to prove i was just as good as my boy cousins, even if i was a bit scared i pretended i was perfectly confident and jumped.

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And that is how i plan to deal with this little set back in my life. Cancer does scare me, but i’m going to be brave, pretend that i’m perfectly confident, and jump.

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172 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi, I’m from Notre Dame Secondary School in Burlington, ON and we hold an annual Leadership Conference. This year, our theme’s INSPIRE and hearing your story, I thought you were a total embodiment of that theme! The conference is on May 16th and we would love it if you were able to speak. If you were at all interested in speaking, or wanted anymore info on our conference please e-mail me at ndspeakers13@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon and best wishes to you and good luck!

  2. I just saw your story on a friend’s wall, that knows your sister that goes to McMaster. I just want to say you’re an amazing young girl, i’m a singer myself and I know how good it can make you feel. Never give up on that, the possibilities are endless especially with your determination and attitude towards life. I wish you the absolute best, you deserve it.

    xox

  3. Hi Carley joon, it’s Cheshmak Farhoumand Sims from Ottawa (and family) writing. Your mom May joon is my second cousin. I just heard the news and am really inspired by your strength and courage. I wanted you to know I was at Mahi joon’s funeral and was so touched by your beautiful singing. Our family will be saying prayers for you every day and we look forward to the good news that the surgery is successful and you are fully fine.

    Sending love to you all
    Cheshmak, Michael, Kian

  4. Carley, my name is Nika. I’m your mom’s 2nd cousin. We have met when you were little which makes me sound so old! I’m 43!

    Even though I haven’t seen you for so long, my sister Gissoo had already told me about your beautiful voice and I have heard it on youtube.

    You will make it through this and I believe you will be very successful in the future! Let your family love you and your Grandpa Sohrab I know is looking after you!

    Nika Fanian-Samimi

  5. Dearest Carley, My name is Elaheh; I know your family very well and Mahdokht joon was like a sister to me.
    I am thinking about you, pray for you, love you and very proud of you. You are beautiful, inspiring, with a exceptional positive attitude. You are an example who shows courage in the face of diversity. Best of luck my beloved with your surgery and have a very quick recovery. You and your dear family are in my heart and prayers

  6. just wanted to say you’re absolutely beautiful and I am completely touched by your story. Wishing you all the best, keep fighting.

  7. Hey Carley,

    I came across your story through Facebook. Spencer Rice of Kenny vs. Spenny fame, shared your song and your story.

    I don’t typically comment or repost these types of things, not because I’m cold hearted, in fact I’m not really sure why… but your story has touched me and I felt compelled to reach out. Maybe because we share the same passion and interests, maybe because this past week has been a real eye opener for me personally, but that is neither here nor there…

    You are driven, beautiful, talented and passionate. A fighter. The kind of person that comes out of a situation like this unscathed, stronger, and with only great things ahead for them. I am a strong believer that passion and motivation can change anything.

    Keep doing what you love, without fear. Continue to be passionate, and pursue your dreams.

    Richard

  8. Hey Carley

    I am one of the Owen mums. Your youngest sister and my son were in the same grade/class. You are a talented girl, an inspiration. You are a true fighter… continue with your positive attitude and be passionate about life.

    I am doing the ride for Conquer Cancer for Princess Margaret Hospital ( 200 K bike ride from Toronto to Niagara), and will dedicate my ride to you, and for your fast recovery.

    Keep us posted with your progress. Our prayers and positive energy is with you.

    Be Strong and never give up. Have faith :)

    Leili

  9. This was so easy ….me and technology!!!!! Thank you Carley and Riley , I now feel closer to you .hope to see you today :)
    Josee Chouinard

  10. H Carley, Saw a pic of you and a brief description of what you are going through on the Maple Leafs FB page. How lucky you were to meet J. Lupul! From one Leaf fan to another, I just wanted to say I am sendng you and your family positive vibes and look forward to seeing you on telelvision here in the States when you become a huge reording star!!!

  11. heey
    how are you? i read your story and i just want to say your so strong and i wish you the best :) your awesome and i don’t know you lol

  12. Dearest Carley,
    You may not remember me, but I was your grade 2 or 3 teacher at Owen Public School, “Mrs. Gordon”. Today I was made aware of your upcoming operation, and I want to wish you, health and a speedy recovery. I certainly was not surprised to hear the comments your mom had to say about the courage and strength you have shown thoughout these past weeks. I remember so vividly you running like the wind, weaving here and there around the classroom. Your smile and laughter were contagious and what a sweet little face!.Actually your face has not really changed from 10 years ago. I never knew what a magnificant voice you have. Perhaps one day I will get a chance to hear you live in concert.
    I will be thinking of you and your family tomorrow. You are in my thoughts.
    Fondly,
    Mrs. Gordon
    (Debby)

  13. Dearest Carley,
    I am thinking about you, love you, pray for you and keeping you gently in my heart. You are a blessing to the life of many with your determination, trust and courage. I wish you to have successful treatment and very quick recovery. Love and prayers to your beloved family as well

  14. Dear Carley, Your story is an inspiration to us all. In November at Sectionals you were one of the girls and now you are in the fight of your life. We are thinking about you and are looking forward to meeting your family at the Margaret Garrison Ice Show on May 4th. Stay strong – we are wishing for a quick recovery. With all our best wishes. Marion Dyke (COS)

  15. Carley, keep fighting. I was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma in January of 2012, mine is a little different in that it was located in my small intestine and after surgery last year and drug treatments since then, has been greatly reduced in size. The doctors initially told me my prognosis was slim and months was more likely than years but 16 months later I’m still here and feeling mostly normal. Melanoma is a savage disease but stay positive and be strong. Good luck!

  16. Hey Carley,

    I saw your story and think you are amazing. For someone your age to be so brave and positive is inspiring. It’s incredible how much grace you’ve handled everything with. I sent you a friend request on FB. I’d love to work on some music with you. It’s my passion too. I play guitar, trumpet, piano and synths. Thanks for being such an inspiring person. I’d love to be your friend. I think we could all use more friends like you. Sending love your way from Nashville :)

  17. Hi Carley, it’s been a few years now but you were my camp instructor at saddle wood. I’m so sorry to hear about the news. Your so beautiful and brave and I wish you the best of luck in the future!!
    -Megs

  18. Hey, Carley! I just read your story on CNN, and it really touched my heart to see someone pursuing their dream despite being diagnosed with cancer. I’m going to spend today reading your blog, and I’m going to try to watch your YouTube covers when I get the chance (damn school filters!). I think that it would be awesome to get to know you, after reading some of your posts. Stay strong, girl, and keep on dreaming!

    By the way, I absolutely adore your short haircut! It’s so cute! :)

    ~ Abby

  19. Dear Carley,
    You are a strong, brave and beautiful young lady.
    Your story is captivating and your strength through your battle is admirable!
    I read your blog about skating today and your About section and thought this song would be perfect for you:
    “Find You On My Knees”- by Christian artist Kari Jobe

    God bless you and I am praying for you and your family! :)

    Sincerely,

    Alexis

  20. You are so inspiring!! I just heard of you from teen.com and I automatically checked out a few of your covers! It’s also really cool that you live in Canada! Stay strong and keep singing. xoxox. :* <3

  21. Hey Carley,
    I wanted to reach out and say it was a pleasure meeting you and In glad to have been the one driving you to Burlington for your speech . You are a breath of fresh air!

    Michael Buslovich
    Redstarlimo.com

  22. Hi Carley, you don’t know me, but I’m a grade 8 at BVG! I’ve heard so many great things about you and I’ve said hi to you once or twice. Your outlook on life is amazing and I am utterly inspired. I also saw pictures of you at prom this year (stunning!) Keep being fantastic!

    Love Nealie xoxo

  23. Hi Carley, we are writing to you from England, we are Emily and Maya’s Aunt, Uncle and cousins. Tracey has been keeping us up to date with how you are. We often think of you and wanted to send our best wishes to you and to let you know we think you are amazing. Look forward to seeing you at Gull Lake sometime soon. With love Melissa, David, Beth and Maddie x x

  24. Hello Carley; All the best for your future. As a sarcoma survivor l know you will be singing in no time after the operation.I hope it isn’t an Allison gene’.I use to go to Gull Lake with my family back in the 1950’s…so now you know how long l have lived and you will do the same….l would not suggest jumping off of cliffs though .Prayers are with you.
    Bob Allison

  25. Hi Carly,
    My name is Bob Mowers and I heard about you and I think your story is very inspiring. I also have Cancer and am a musician. I play in a band comprised of all Cancer patients/survivors. Everyone in our band has been diagnosed with some kind of Cancer. We are called The Lymphomaniacs. I was thinking that it would be great if we could get together sometime and maybe play and sing a few songs together. You could bring along your guitar or keyboard or both. If you are interested please let me know.

    My contact information is as follows:

    e-mail: drummerbob@hotmail.com

    phone No. 905-722-8102

    Bob Mowers.

  26. Hi Carley,

    We are in Halifax this weekend visiting Emily. I hope you guys had a good weekend at the cottage.
    We’re all thinking about you and look forward to seeing you soon after the surgery.

    Love Vince, Tracey, Maya and Emily

  27. Hi Carley. We haven’t met, but I am a neighbour and know your Dad. He built our home. He told me about you, and your blog. You are an inspiration. I want to wish you a swift recovery from your surgery and hope that you are back singing (and skating) soon. Barb McWhirter

  28. Hi Carly! My name is Ashton. I am good friends with your friend Lyndsay Reddick. I would just like to celebrate your life. I can only imagine what the past 5 months have been like for you fighting cancer. Lydnsay has told me briefly about your condition and man, you are a HUGE inspiration. Congratulations for making it through! Your last surgery is tomorrow and I wish you the best of luck! You have so many friends and I’m sure family that support you 100%. Like you said, “act confident and jump” because you are a survivor and you’re going to make it girl. :D Feel free to contact me at 416 735 1996. I would love to hear more about your story!

  29. Dear Carley, I am Roya Massarrat from Barcelona. Spain. I believe your Grandma and my Mom were cousins. Aunty Nahid from Toronto told me about your developments , We all pray for you.
    I have to tell you that I am a psychologist and psychotherapist and I have a lot of oncological patients. Cancer is a trauma for human body, but you can grow stronger emotionally and spiritually. Hope you come to visit us in SPain. Love from Barcelona,
    Roya Massarrat

  30. I’m French and I don’t speak English very well, ;-) but I find you are AMAZING and very strong. In France people know you a little, thanks to Selena Gomez !
    You have maybe a cancerous, but you are pretty! *_*

  31. Congrats on today being the last day of your worst and the first day of the best that’s yet to come :)
    VERY PROUD of you for all that you have endured!!! :)

  32. Hi Carley – you may not remember us (I think we have only met once, but Riley has babysat Jack and Scott many times, and we know your Mom and Dad) – and we have been following your blog from the very beginning of your ordeal, and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We are all so happy that you have reached the end of your treatments and that you are healthy once again. You are a remarkable young woman, and you will achieve much in your long and healthy lifetime.
    Best wishes from all of us!
    Margot and David Williamson (and Jack and Scott).

  33. Dear Carley,
    First of all, congratulations on your inspiring performance at Sectionals!!! I am a COS skating judge, and it just happened that your Short Program on Friday in the East rink took place while I was on my break. I watched your elegant performance through the window of the judges’ room up above. The emotion with which you skated brought smile to my face and tears to my eyes.

    I was looking forward to see your Free Program on Friday, but didn’t get a chance, as I had to leave the competition to go to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where my 27-year young cousin Andrew lost his battle with this horrible disease.

    The reason I am contacting you is because my cousin also had a very rare sarcoma-type cancer. I understand that you had clear-cell sarcoma (I read it in the most recent Toronto Star article by Alex Ballingall), which is also rare. I read about your fundraising efforts for the Princess Margaret. I was wondering if you would be interested to learn about the “Mt Sinai’s Foundation for Sarcoma – The Panov Project”. Dr Razak and others are raising $1,000,000 for Mt Sinai Foundation to bring a Champions Oncology project in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from New York, to study rare sarcoma Cancers such as yours, Andrew’s, and many others in mice, and test tumours from patients in mice to truly develop custom-made/personalized treatment. The study will be the first of its kind in Canada and will help to make Dr. Razak and his Sarcoma team at Mt Sinai world renowned. It will also bring knowledge and awareness of rare cancers, such as yours and Andrews, to the forefront in Canada and the world.

    To honour Andrew’s memory, I would like to be involved somehow in this project.

    If you think that this is something that might be of interest to you, or you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at flora.krasnoshtein@sympatico.ca. If you wish, you can text me at 416.670.7333.

    Thank you for considering.

    Keep smiling and keep skating!!!!!

    All the best,

    Flora

  34. Hi Carley. Mark, the girls and I have been very inspired when following your blog this past year! I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and to say congrats to you for all of your hard work both in recovery and in your return to skating!! You are going to kick butt in whatever you chose to do in life.
    Jill Holman

  35. Bravo Carley tu est courageuse ! et extrêmement jolie :) Je suis moi même éteint de problèmes cardiaque ( cardiomyopathie ) depuis 25 ans ! d’une Myopathie depuis 30 ans ! et maintenant après une grave accident de Moto… je suis handicaper d’une jambe ! je me déplace bien difficilement avec deux béquilles , c’est ma 4eme opérations, je dois subir encore 4 opérations! je suis allergique au produit anesthésiant avec (Risque mortel a chaque opération ) j’ai déjà subit 5 Opérations et je suis toujours vivant ;) le courage et le moral permettent de faire des miracles ! j’ai étais condamner a vivre 5/6 mois par la médecine 3x de suite … et je suis encore la et toujours la :)) tout cela pour te dire courage ! les capacités du cérébrale, sont souvent plus puissante que la médecine ! je te fait des gros bisous de France ! et peut être que j’aurais de tes nouvelles :))

  36. Hi, You are amazing. Your positive attitude is contagious and incredible. I am sorry for you that you have to fight again; you deserve an easier path! I am confident that with all of your warmth, love and support that you will again rise above this. I look forward to reading your blog one day about the distant memory that was your triumph over cancer! Lots of love from all at Bayview Glen here. We will take good care of Sammy too!

  37. Hi Carley,
    I read your story from the Toronto Star and I really do admire such a great attitude of yours.
    I am praying for you that the Lord God will pour all the needed mercies on you and the family so that you’ll be free of that disease .
    I came across a research by an Italian doctor and the details are helping people on cancer treatment program in a way that they do not loose their hair. Also they were able to fight the cancer. Please e-mail me for more details if you and your family are interested to know more. God bless.
    Vincent (e-mail: vincentank50@gmail.com )

  38. Hello. I am currently looking for someone with Cancer to share their medical reports with me. I am a phd student working on my thesis. I am willing to pay 300 dollars for medical reports. (patients name and identifiable information will be erased.) I hope you are interested. My email is krista7707 at Hotmail dot com

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