Concert for Carley Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday to Concert for Carley! The rain held off and we had a great day!

Thinking back to Concert for Carley 2013, its amazing to think that just one year ago my family and I were all in a much different place. Last year at the concert i had to bring supplies in my purse for my T tube and i had to wear my wig. This year i didn’t have to bring any medical supplies and i embraced the short hair!

My sister Riley is the real brains behind the operation at Concert for Carley. She has put so much time and effort into making the day go perfectly and she did an amazing job! I cannot thank her enough for making the concert wonderful for a second year in a row and raising close to $2000 for Sick Kids hospital Oncology! Riley is truly a remarkable person.

Concert for Carley is going to be an annual event! Riley has so many great ideas and i just know that one day the Concert is going to do great things for the Sick Kids oncology unit!

Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers! we couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you!

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Concert for Carley

Tomorrow is the big day!

Concert starts at 4:00pm and runs until 7:00!
The Park is located at 220 Davisville Avenue! (June Rowalnd’s Park)

We can wait to see everyone tomorrow! Thanks in advance to those of you coming tomorrow!

Last year this event was a great hit and i don’t expect anything less this year! hopefully the rain will hold off until after 7! but if not we have lots of shelter!

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One Year since “Success in the OR”

one year ago today my sister wrote this wonderful post

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Hi Carley lovers,

Guest blogger here, Riley, Carleys big sister <3

I have the most wonderful news to share with everyone who has been supporting and following her story everyday!

So for those of you who don’t know Carley underwent a 4-5 hour surgery to remove the cancerous Tumor in her trachea. Now we all knew Carley would just fly through this surgery but hearing it from the surgeons mouth was 1 million times better.

At approximately 12:15 the Doctor came out while I wasn’t in the room. I slowly walked into the room noticing my mothers head in her hands, terrified at what I didn’t know I instantly stopped in my tracks. My dad noticed my face and quickly said “She’s clear, they got it all out, the surgery went better then anyone could have expected!” Immediately my mother my dad and I were in tears in a group hug. The best news I have honestly ever heard in my entire 19 years on this planet! My baby sister and best friend might I add, was going to be fine! She was going to be fine!

Carley will be under for a few days and just a little out of it so you will probably hear back from me soon with Carley Updates. But for now I am going to go kiss my little sister and put her jewellery back on (the one thing she asked for).

xoxo <3

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its hard to believe that it has been one year since that day. As i sat down at dinner with my family today i realized that last year at this time, food and a cold glass of water were the only things i wanted. So as i ate dinner today i made sure i didn’t take it for granted. for a while after surgery i could not eat solid foods, and i couldn’t drink thin liquids. Cancer has taught me to appreciate the little things in life.

the Doctors at TGH were shocked with the amount of family and friends that camped out for the entire 5 hours while i was in surgery. Its amazing to think about the amount of support my family and i had.

to all my friends and family, you are all incredible and i cant thank you enough for always being there for my family and i.

Last year at this time i was 90 pounds, bald and pale. i never realized how much difference a year could make. I am in a much better place now and i owe it all to my support team.

“hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

PMH Event!

I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who came to the event at PMH last wednesday. I was such a great feeling to have all of you gathered to celebrate and honour my wonderful doctors and support team. 

The event last Wednesday was the first time in a long time that i have heard my story told out loud. I find that as i’ve gradually gotten healthier, i’ve gradually gotten more sensitive to the thoughts of my past year. I think part of it is because every time someone used to ask me “how are you doing?” or “how are you feeling?” my answer would always be ‘im great!” or “im doing well!” and when i think back on those times i realize, I was far from great, and defiantly wasn’t doing well. But at the time, thats what great felt like. I was thinking back on last year at this time and i was trying to remember what it felt like but i was having a hard time remembering. They say your mind suppresses traumatic experiences, and i think the week before surgery was defiantly a feeling my brain didn’t want me to remember. The feeling of the unknown was the scariest for my family and I. not knowing if they could remove the tumor, not knowing if i would live with a tracheotomy for the rest of my life. but i left my life in the hands of my amazing doctors and we couldnt have asked for better results. Its crazy to think its almost been a full year since the big operation, but its safe to say my family and i are all in a much better place this year! 

 

Thank you again to everyone who came last wednesday! it was a wonderful event and i was so glad to share it with everyone. 

xo 

Carley Elle 

 

 

Concert for Carley 2014!

Hey everyone!

This year we will be having our second annual Concert for Carley! It will be held at the apple tree markets June Rowlings park location on July 15th! The concert will be held from 4-7! Come out to enjoy some live music and fresh foods from the market!

Also! Coming up in just over a week will be the anniversary of my surgery! Hard to believe at this time last year the thought of being “cancer free” was just around the corner!

I will keep everyone updated with a set list and details for the concert!

Xoxo
Carley