Survivor Spotlight: Denis Reclaims His Freedom

Survivor Spotlight: Denis Reclaims His Freedom

Tweet We love sharing stories from our tribe. Check out this piece written by alum, Denis Raymond, sharing his journey from incurable cancer to a clinical trial to freedom. Denis is based in Ottawa, Canada and traveled to India as part of our 2016 India Odyssey Program. Three years ago, at the age of 26, I found out I had brain cancer. Not just any brain cancer. Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM for short) brain cancer. The most aggressive,...

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Diana’s Fresh Chapter: Finding connections, healing and gratitude

Diana’s Fresh Chapter: Finding connections, healing and gratitude

Tweet Diana Martinez’s cancer diagnosis came at a time when she was already in the midst of sadness and turmoil: She had been laid off from work a few months earlier, and she had suffered a devastating loss when her younger sister died.  “It was like one thing right after another, and it was right before Christmas when I was diagnosed,” Diana said. It was Dec. 22, 2012. “It’s so scary,” Diana said. “The doctor says, ‘You have cancer,’ and it...

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Overcoming Survivor Guilt – A Fresh Chapter For Chris

Overcoming Survivor Guilt – A Fresh Chapter For Chris

Tweet Chris Chow was already bracing himself for bad news when he learned that he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010. He’d been experiencing a persistent and progressively intense low-back pain, and after seeing his family doctor for x-rays and blood tests early one morning, it was clear there was something wrong. “I went to work about 9 o’clock, and got a call right away on my cell phone,” Chris said. “My family doctor said, ‘I need you to go...

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Deirdre’s Fresh Chapter – A Dream Of India

Deirdre’s Fresh Chapter – A Dream Of India

Tweet Deirdre Wilcox dreamt of India. She had no idea she’d end up there, but dreamt of it just the same, her subconscious painting a vivid picture of the cool, crisp air of the Himalayas, of Buddhist monks and softly falling snow. Two weeks later, an email arrived: India. For cancer survivors. Deadline for application midnight of the same day. Deirdre had never heard of A Fresh Chapter. Diagnosed two years prior with breast cancer, she had...

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