Puck Cancer

Yesterday was an amazing day! For one it was amazing because I woke up and felt good!! But yesterday was amazing mostly because it was the PUCK CANCER event! The queens men’s hockey team played an amazing game beating Guelph 3-2. So many people came out to the game it was incredible! It was such an amazing feeling to see people I didn’t even know helping out and volunteering. A big thank you to Braeden who was the main drive behind the operation! He did such an amazing job organizing everything I cannot thank him enough

I sang the national anthem at the beginning of the game and I have to say, I think I was less nervous at the ACC. I was just about to sing infront of family friends and my fellow Gaels…yet I was so nervous. The event tonight really ment a lot to me and I felt like I needed to do the team justice !

All and all the event went great! We will soon know an estimate of how much money we raised. And it definitely didn’t hurt that HILLARY DUFF donated $500.00!

Thanks again to everyone who came out last night!!

Done Radiation!

Hey everyone!

sorry i haven’t posted in a long time i haven’t been feeling so well. Last week was not a good week for me, i barely got out of bed. Things are starting to get better and i am starting to come out of this “radiation funk.” Im not going to say this past week has been easy and that i just toughed through and i’m ok. But i will say that I did it! I completed the 5 days of extremely high intensity radiation and its OVER! I am so happy to have completed one step of the road to recovery though we don’t exactly know what the rest of the road entails. For now i am back on the chemotherapy pills and i am meeting with my oncologist today to see how well its working.

Lots of exciting things coming up! This friday (October 24th) the Queens mens hockey team has organized for the game against Guelph to be used to raise money and awareness for the Princess Margaret Foundation. I will also be singing the national anthem at the game! I will post 2 links of 2 articles that have come out about the event if anyone wants more information! Also! on November 1st i will be singing the National Anthem at the ACC! I am extremely excited since i got all the nerves out in the pre season game!

http://www.thewhig.com/2014/10/20/gaels-draw-inspiration-from-cancer-victim

http://queensjournal.ca/story/2014-10-17/sports/contest-carley/

The effects of the chemo and radiation have been much different then last time i was treated. My radiation this time around was very close to my stomach so nausea has been my biggest issue. We have been trying to learn lots of natural remedies to control the nausea since the medication docent always do the trick. the chemo on the other hand has some really strange side effects. I am not loosing my hair but it is changing colour! The roots of my hair have turned white. It looks a bit weird but its much better then loosing my hair! I did pull my wigs out the other days though just for old times sake, and i have to say I look like a completely different person with my wig on! I completely forgot what i look like with long hair. It was definitely an emotional experience, but short hair is the least of my problems. I should be thankful to at least have hair but sometimes its hard.

I have the most wonderful group of supporters, and thats whats getting me through the hard days!

“never give up because you never know if the next try is going to be the one that works”

Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer

This past Saturday i sang the national anthem for the PMH Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament. It was so incredible to be sharing the stage with so many hockey legends, while being able to preform the national anthem to kick off the event.

Thank you very much to Paul Alofs for your kind words today on your blog!

“Last Saturday, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.  It was a phenomenal success with 1,387 players who formed 122 teams and raised a remarkable $2,219,000.  At the opening ceremony, Mr. Hockey, Paul Henderson, spoke about his courageous battle with cancer.  The absolute highlight of the opening ceremony was when Carley Allison sang the Canadian national anthem.  Carley was diagnosed in 2013 with an extremely rare sarcoma near her trachea.  She was successfully treated by Dr. Pat Gullane, one of the world’s great head and neck cancer surgeons and the leader here at Princess Margaret.  We also heard that Carley’s cancer had returned, this time in her lungs.  This incredibly courageous and inspirational first-year university student stood in front of a hushed crowd and sang a brilliant version of O Canada.  Courage is something we all talk about but it’s often difficult to define.  To me, I saw the definition of courage in the face of Carley Allison and heard the voice of courage as she sang.  Carley has an incredible family and circle of supporters who bring their passion and commitment to her treatment.  When I wrote the book on Passion Capital, I was thinking about courageous individuals like Carley Allison.    To top things off, she sang the national anthem at the ACC before the Leafs game on Sunday.  Courage, passion, and inspiration together in one very exceptional young lady.  Thanks Carley from all of us! “

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