In January of 1994, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma after many tests. I had a nagging cough that just would not stop no matter what. Chest x-ray revealed a large mass in the chest, ct scan and Mediastinoscopy biopsy confirmed my diagnosis. When my doctor said that I had high grade stage 4 lymphoma, I remember asking him, "what the heck is Lymphoma?" Being only 23 at the time, I believed that any form of cancer was something people 50+ would have to worry about. I did research by reading books, going to the library, etc. as mainstream internet was not available in the early 90's. Initial induction high dose chemotherapy I underwent achieved complete remission in February but I was told there was more to come. I received rounds and rounds of more chemo in the following months and maintained complete remission. In September 1994, I was admitted to Toronto Hospital for an Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant. Five week process was not easy to be honest. I started to feel that there could be light at the end of the tunnel. It's been 23 years since then. I'm 46 years old now and half my life I lived as a cancer survivor. I see that there are more and effective treatments and drugs today that were not available 23 years ago. Recently I've also been diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma, unrelated form of Skin cancer which was easily treated with surgical mole removal and very rarely metastasizes. The odds of crushing Leukemia and Lymphoma are even greater now thanks to ongoing research supported by organizations like LLSC.