About me

Hey Everyone,

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My name is Carley Elle Allison, and i’m 19 years old. February 4th 2013, i was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor outside my trachea, after 9 month of intense treatments I went into remission. 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.

Donations to Princess Margaret 

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Donations to Sick Kids

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Youtube Channel- Carley Allison

Twitter- Carley_Elle

280 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Carley,
    your dad called me at work today to let me know what you have been going through and it broke my heart. For a lovely girl like you to go through this is not fair but, knowing how strong you and your family are, I am absolutely sure that you will get through this with flying colours and be back to making beautiful music and enjoying your life again in no time.
    I know that this week will be a difficult one for you, and a scary one too. But remember that you have a lot of people who will thinking of you as you go through this, and who are on your side. You are being looked after by some of the best doctors in the world in one of top hospitals in the world — my bets are on you to do incredibly well :-).
    All the best … Larry, Jennifer, Jessica, Carly and Sam Baldachin

  2. Carley we have never met, but I am Marissa Firestones sister and I have known Riley for years. You are so talented, i can stop listening to your cover on skinny love- its better than the original!
    you have so many fans!
    get well soon!
    Shayna Firestone

  3. Carley,
    yesterday I saw you on CBC at 5, the way you presented your story with simple words but also with optimism and vitality really impressed me (and for sure all other viewers). You have some tough days ahead, Carley, but you have an inner strength which will help you to overcome adversity. I am sure sunny days are just ahead, have faith.
    Pietro Gambino

  4. Carley,
    Saw your story on the CBC and just had to say thank you and let you know that with the love and support of your family, friends and your team at Princess Margaret, everything will work out for you. Not saying it will be easy but I can personally vouch for the team at Princess Margaret. Dr. Jonathan Irish is my Surgical Oncologist and I am betting you know who he is.
    So all the best on Thursday and with your recovery…..Stay brave and “Believe It”
    Jim

  5. Carly, I read your story on the Toronto Star and had to come by your site. This disease is not something any of us wants to have but I have found in my own fight (I have Brain cancer) that it certainly makes you a stronger person. It is your moment to shine and you certainly are, and I just know you will continue to be an inspiration to many. When I was first diagnosed at age 30 I repeated this mantra daily: “I may have cancer but cancer will not have me”. And I meant it. You can’t let it consume you, you can’t let it take over your spirit and who you are. It’s clear that you aren’t and that is awesome and inspiring and it will make a huge difference in your journey.

  6. Hi Carley, I am a friend of your cousin James and I went to high school with your other cousins Dan, Kayleigh and Beth. James first told me about you a few weeks ago and I have been following your blog from day 1! I love to sing too, I know how music can make you feel SO much better. Wishing you all the luck & love in the world. Keep writing your blog because not only do you have an amazing singing voice, but you really have a great writer’s voice- many people are listening and no doubt are very inspired by your outlook, including me!
    Laurel 🙂

  7. Hey Carley: I have been keeping in touch with your dad about your progress. Your attitude focus, strength and positive spirit are an inspiration to us all. Keep us posted of your progress on your blog.
    Yerzy Family

  8. Hi Carley
    I saw you sing “I love you” a couple of months ago. I love your voice and music. You are so talented and also very inspiring now that you’ve come to a hurdle in your life.
    your positivily makes you such a powerhouse that together with the amazing hospital team you will put this all behind you soon and continue with your many talents with an even brighter smile. All the best. Layla A.M.

  9. HI Carley,

    I’m not sure if you remember but we went to camp together and I’ve been hearing all about your story and reading your blog. I really admire you and I know you will beat this Cancer. Good luck on Thursday!

    Rachel Smyth

  10. Carley, I went to PM site and donated $10 in your honor, as you wished. I truly hope you get well soon and go on to accomplish all the amazing things you are planning! Keep it up!

  11. Hi Carley,
    My name is Edith and I work with your Mom. After reading your blog and watching the news clip of you and your Mom, I am quite certain you will beat this and move on with your life as a stronger individual. I encourage you to continue to be that courageous and strong minded girl; you have an amazing family and such loving parents who will help you get through this.
    You and your family have and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and I know this Thursday’s surgery will be successful.

    Stay strong & positive

  12. Hi Carley. It’s Margie. Your Auntie Michele is my best friend. I live in Calgary and Michele has been giving me updates ever since you were rushed to the hospital. I love your blog and admire your courage, your honesty and your strength. I used to see you a bit when I visited Toronto but that was when you were really little so you won’t remember, but I do. We would go for dinner on Sunday nights with all the girlies and Sam and Mahi. Your family always welcomed me with open arms and I know you know, you have an exceptional family! We watched your news reports last night on-line and please know that we are sending all our positive and healing energy your way. My daughter Kate is eleven and you have made quite an impression on her. She loves to come home from school and play videos of you singing! She has shown your videos to lots of her friends and you now have quite a cheering section in Calgary. We will be thinking of you on Thursday. Take care, XOX

  13. Carley you are handling this with poise, grace and such a positive attitude – but that pretty much has always been my impression of you! The way you are sharing your story through this blog, interviews and in raising money for Princess Margaret is truly inspirational. You have a great outlook and amazing family & friends that will see you through this.

    We will be thinking of you Thursday and wish you a speedy recovery.

    Jennifer & Ray Pottier

  14. Hi, Carley:

    I read your story in the Toronto Star.

    Your openness and spirit are humbling, and, you are a very talented young woman as well!

    I am thinking of you and sending you “good vibes”. I have no doubt that you are up to the challenges ahead. We are rooting for you!

  15. Hi Carley – we watched you on CBC and admire your control and focus . We will be thinking of you and your family , sending all our best wishes for Thursdays Operation to be a total success and a very speedy recovery.

    Heike & Ray

  16. Hi Carley,

    Your dad dropped by our house yesterday and let us know about your recent cancer diagnosis. Then, we saw your interview on CBC TV last night. Your honesty, courage and presence of mind to share your story are truly an inspiration to us all. Please know that our thoughts are with you and we are confident that your strength and positive outlook will carry you through this uncertain time.

    Love,
    Ivar and Maureen

  17. Hey Carley!
    You probably dont remember me but we went to camp together a while ago. I just wanted to let you know that you are the biggest inspiration and that I’m thinking of you this week 🙂 You also have an amazing voice and I cant wait to buy your future albums!

    • Pelle: Du är ju bara pinsam. Visst, Owuya gör tavlor, men det finns en anledning till att han vann mÃvtiaklsl¥gan i Ã¥r. Han är en duktig mÃ¥lvakt. Bättre än Daniel Larsson, sämre än Viktor Fasth IMO.

  18. Hi Carley,

    I am friends with of your friends from skating she I in my class. When she told me your story it broke my heart but I know you will get through this . Just by reading your “about me” I know you are strong and are going to gt through this tough time. All the best your truly an insperation.

  19. As a former regular at the head and neck clinic at PMH, I can reassure you that this is the best possible treatment you can get. I had a different kind of cancer, but I’m also a young woman and my cancer came as a total surprise. They know exactly what they are doing.

    As for your prep for the surgery, my only advice is to ask a tonne of questions (even the ones you think don’t matter) and make sure you feel like you understand everything. It sounds like you’re pretty good at preparing for life anyway.

    And after your surgery, I recommend buying the box set of Friday Night Lights and losing yourself in other peoples’ problems.

  20. Hi Carley,
    I’m Sandra Hood and I’ve been a teacher at Owen P.S. for quite some time now. Today at lunch the teachers heard about what you are going through and we were all heart broken. At the same time, we know from the strength and determination you showed, both in the classroom and on the various teams you participated on at Owen, that you will not let this prevent you from achieving your goals. Please know that all of the teachers are thinking of you and wishing you all the best on Thursday.

  21. Carley,

    You don’t know me, but I came across your story on the Toronto Star and I just had to share with you. I am a Social Worker who has an immense passion for working in oncology because of people like you. I just wanted to say that you are one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. Your grace, attitude, and spirit are so admirable. You are extremely talented and with your determination, strength, and appreciation for life, you will achieve so much. The teams at PMH and TGH are absolutely phenomenal- Sending you best wishes for Thursday.

    -DG

  22. Hi Carley Elle,
    My name is Jack Lenz and I’m a friend of your aunt, Gita Alizadeh. I’m a composer and pianist and when Gita told me about your singing, I went on YouTube to hear your voice. Beautiful singing and playing. There’s a wonderful feeling in your sound. I hope you will see your way through your current challenges and find your way to singing and playing for people for many wonderful years. I also had a cancer diagnosis this year so I have a sense of what you’re going through. I hope I can help you fulfil your dreams of recording and performing and always remember that God is with you, in your heart and dreams and that you are never alone.
    I always say to my children: Sink deep into the feeling!

    God bless,

    Jack

  23. Hello Carley

    Just Read your story, and reminded me of my past. I am feeling that the same thing is repeating again.
    Just year and a half ago I was diagnosed with a rare cancer, inside Trachea. When we got the news I was holding my 3 month old in my arms, I was devastated and terrified. I was thinking that my world is just coming to an end.
    With Family and Friends support and their prayers i manage the tough time.
    Then we were referred to TGH and that was the best thing ever happens to us.
    Surgeons at TGH are very good and they know what they are doing. They are the best in business. Less than a year time after my Tracheal Resection, I am leaving my normal life and enjoying with my 2 kids.
    By reading your Interview and information on you blogs, I am certain that you are a fighter and you will beat this and come out of it smiling as I did.

    I wish you all the best for you surgery, our prayers are with you and your family.

    One piece of advise from my experience to you and your family Stay STRONG and POSITIVE.

    Regards
    Prachi Desai

    • Thank you so much for sharing your story! it put a big smile on my face to know that you are doing well, and your family is living a normal life. Thank you for all the good wishes!
      xoxo
      Carley

  24. Chère Carley,
    Je pense à toi et à ta famille pendant cette période de ta vie.Tu as beaucoup de courage et ça va t’aider dans les prochains mois. Bonne chance!
    Mlle Pennesi (Owen P.S.)

  25. Carley,

    I have watched you grow up into a very beautiful, talented and intelligent young girl. When you were a baby, Riley, my babcia and I would babysit you; those fond memories have stuck with me forever and to this day I ask Danuta, my mother, how you girls are doing. I was always eager to hear updates because you were always very involved with the arts and with sports. I found that quality captivating about you – you never lost your focus and dedication when it came to your passions (something I find rare amongst teenagers these days).

    I must tell you that at the age of 17 my best friend was diagnosed with cancer; I ultimately chose to attend a local university so that I could attend chemo with her. We turned every 2nd Friday into a “girls” day and we’d read cheesy celebrity magazines, eat all the junk food we could handle and gossip. I am happy to report that my friend is now cancer-free and still running her hockey school for young girls. I strongly believe that the best cure was her positive attitude along with her family and friends’ support. She is a an inspiration and mentor – just like you are to so many. Danuta, Richard, Oliver and I wish you all the best.

  26. Hi Carley,

    We are all rooting for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We have the pleasure of seeing you once a year at the Brampton Auto Mall Christmas party and are in awe how you have become such a talented and intelligent young woman. Throughout the year your I hear updates from your Mom as she lovingly and proudly talks about her girls. Your strength and positive attitude is amazing and is sure sign toward a road to future health and success.

    All the best

    Joe O’Toole & Orsolya Heim and Family

  27. Hi Carley,

    We are all rooting for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We have the pleasure of seeing you once a year at the Brampton Auto Mall Christmas party and are in awe how you have become such a talented and intelligent young woman. Throughout the year I hear updates from your Mom as she lovingly and proudly talks about her girls. Your strength and positive attitude is amazing and is sure sign toward a road to future health and success.

    All the best

    Joe O’Toole & Orsolya Heim and Family

  28. Carley, you have never met us but we’re friends of your aunt and uncle, Gita and Steve. We want to wish you the very best for tomorrow and we’re positive that with the amazing support from your family and the amazing team at PMH, you will beat this thing and be OK. We are sending all kinds of positive energy towards you for tomorrow. Hang in there!
    Regards,
    Mo Nezarati and Susan Eslambolchi

  29. Hi Carley,
    I was going to write you a message this morning wishing you a super positive outcome from your surgery, when Sean informed me that plans have changed and you are now going to start chemotherapy tomorrow…so now I hope that you have a super positive response to that treatment…and beyond. Carley, you seem to be riding the cancer roller coaster very bravely – no gripping the front bar and crying in fear…you have your hands held up high in the air and are shouting out defiantly…”I will meet this cancer head on and beat it”. Well, you go girl…because that attitude can only add to the positive energy everyone is sending out to you…including this family.
    Our thoughts and best wishes are with you at this incredibly difficult time.

    Sally-Ann and all the Webster men…Andrew, Evan, Sean and Logan

  30. Hey Carly,
    I went to school (WLU) with your cousin Dan, and I saw your clip on CBC all I can say is how amazing you are! You will fight this and win, I have never seen so much strength and courage from a person. On March 9th 2013 is my stag n doe in Kitchener and I am going to ask everyone to donate something to the Princess Margaret Foundation on your behalf. Your story has really moved me and I wanted to show my support and spread the word as to how amazing you are. When I get the final tally of what we raised I will post it on your blog

    Thanks,
    Pree

  31. Hi Carley,
    Your good friend Paige is my neice and she passed your story along to me and I am really glad she did. Life can be really great but sometimes it can also hand u the biggest bag of lemons you could have ever thought existed. And the only way to get through it is with the attitude you hold and share with others too. And it is as plain as black and white that you have an incredible attitude towards life and that is to never give up no matter what. There is a serious amount of strength and power in that conviction so hold onto it forever because it is guaranteed to take you to all the places you want to go! I will be thinking of you and praying for you. Thanks for showing the world exactly what a truly strong woman is.

  32. hi carley. it’s andrea from citytv. thinking about you today. hope the first treatment goes well. you are an inspiration and such a beautiful person. we wish you well.

  33. Hi Carley – the first treatment should be behind you now and you know now what to expect . Unknown things are the most scary ones . I hope you feel o.k. We are thinking of you

    Heike & Ray

  34. Oh Carley – My son’s speech therapist just shared your story on facebook, Isaac is 4 and has had a trach since he was 3 months old. He watched you with such a huge, excited grin – and exclaimed “trach” while pointing at yours. THANK YOU for showing my sweet boy that he’s not alone 🙂

  35. Carley, Happy to hear that you started the treatment today. it is the first step in your walk back and out of this tough trip. Remember that your will power is tougher on cancer than chemo, and you have been doing a great job! XOXO

  36. Hey Carley,
    My name is Fraser and my dad happens to be working with your dad, we share a couple of things in common even though your a year older we have the same birthday and you probably see my dad as much as I do lol. We are all following your progress and wishing you all the best with the Chemo and know you will be as strong as ever!!! Love your music, will pass it on around the world!!!

  37. By Dr. Mercola

    To some, a ketogenic diet amounts to nothing less than a drug-free cancer treatment. The diet calls for eliminating carbohydrates, replacing them with healthy fats and protein.

    The premise is that since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells.

    This type of diet, in which you replace carbs with moderate amounts of high quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. It’s simply a diet that will help optimize your weight and health overall, as eating this way will help you convert from carb burning mode to fat burning.

  38. Carley, I just saw your story on the CTV National News. You are a truly remarkable, talented, and inspirational young woman. All of Canada is rooting for you. I can’t wait to hear the news that you have beat your cancer. And I also look forward to hearing your beautiful singing voice again. Your parents must be tremendously proud of you, and for good reason. Good luck with your chemo and the surgery. You’re in the best hands at PMH.

  39. Carly, all the best to you. You certainly have the right attitude going into this. Like you I had a very rare form of throat cancer, and I now live with a trach. Living with a trach is a new normal that requires some adjustment, but it certainly has not stopped me from enjoying a full life and participating in the activities I enjoy. Good luck!

  40. Carley,
    I don’t often post on the blogs of people I’ve never met, but watching your story on the CTV National News set something off in me that gave little choice 🙂

    Your incredible beauty, bravery, poise, positivity and strength is nothing short of inspiring – this is an understatement. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through, but I’m sure you will make your way down the long road ahead of you. Though I am fortunate that cancer has not affected me personally, I have lost many people in my life to this horrible disease. However, I know of many more who have fought and won the battle, including my father (a prostate cancer survivor).

    I wish you all the best – stay strong and keep smiling! You have a lot of people behind you.

  41. Hi Carley,

    I usually don’t leave posts on blogs.

    However, I read your story in the online version of the Toronto Star today, while travelling in Spain, as I like to keep up with the news from home. I immediately recognized your name, but I was hoping that it was a different Carley Allison…

    You may not know or remember me, but I am a skating judge, and I had a pleasure of watching your graceful skating at various competitions. I always enjoy judging at the annual Granite Club fun competition, where you usually compete with your sister Riley and your other sister (sorry, I fogot her name), and your dad in family showcase events.

    I am very touched by your story. In my own family, my 26-year old cousin, Andrew, is also battling cancer right now, and undergoing chemo treatments at the Princess Margaret Hospital. So I understand what your family is going through.

    You are a fantastic singer, and once the tumour is removed and you get treatments, you will be able to sing again. Maybe some day you will meet Celine Dion, who is also my favourite singer! 🙂

    I hope to see you on the ice soon! 🙂

    I wish you all the best in your recovery from this cancer. Stay positive. Be strong. And always smile!!!! 🙂

    Flora Krasnoshtein

  42. Hi Carley,

    I read about you in the Toronto Star, and they provided the link to your blog. I just read through all of your entries, and your story really touched me.

    You are so young to be going through all of this. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be thinking about surgery and chemo when you should be on your March break with your high school. Yet, you sound so amazingly strong and it sounds like you have an amazing support system to help you through this really scary time.

    When I was 13, my dad was diagnosed with a very rare form of meningitis – there had only ever been cases reported in people who suffered from HIV or AIDS, and the doctors had no idea how a healthy man could have contracted it. He was 1 in 3 healthy people to get it, and the others had not survived. It was really scary, and everyone said he wasn’t going to make it. Being part of a small statistic can be terrifying – but he had the will to survive, and I am so blessed to say that my dad is perfectly healthy today – he is only on a few medications and has to be very careful about his health, but he plays hockey, competes in biking races, and does everything he used to do. At the end of the day what I learned from this was that statistics are just numbers – it doesn’t define your situation or what will happen to you. Only you can do that. And reading what you have shared, I really believe that you will get through this because you are so strong.

    You are truly an inspiration and all of my well wishes go to you, and your family.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  43. God is in control, Carley. And I pray that He guide all of u to do the right thing. In the right way. At the right time. Don’t push yourself these days. Relax into the diagnosis. This too shall pass.

  44. Hey Carley! I don’t really know you but you’re a good friend of one of the girls I know. Your blog is great and through it I KNOW THAT you can BEAT THIS BUG! I believe you can do it with your hope and optimism- ANYTHING is possible- and I mean ANYTHING. So keep on FIGHTING because this is a battle you’re destined to WIN! You’re in my prayers ❤ xoxo

  45. Hi Carley, it was such a positive feeling watching your video. I was diagnosed with a rare type of throat cancer in February as well I am 24 years old. I will be going for surgery in April. My cancer is touching my vocal cords so there is 50/50 chance they will have a trache stoma for the rest of my life. As scary as this all is the main thus is to get rid of the cancer and go on with life. Good luck with your surgery and treatment look forward to the update

  46. Dear Carly,
    We met once years ago in Haliburton. Your mother was in the club that I run for for many years. She was one of the very best. I am really sorry that you have to go through this ordeal. The good news is that you will get good care and the experience could be a help to you in later life. After this scare problems will look small. My best wishes to you,

    Robert Moore.

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