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Jany
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Jany

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
27

Quebec City QC
Canada

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Today I feel lucky to have a second chance. Saying "good night, I love you" to my son every night is a real joy.

I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2017. Two days later and after various medical tests, the day of my 27th birthday, I started my treatment in a room in isolation for a month. The treatment didn’t go as expected, and I had to restart another cycle of intense chemotherapy for four weeks. After weekly chemo for 3 years and many medical set backs, my treatment finally ended in March 2020.

In spite of all the difficulties that come with cancer, I tried to be as positive as possible pouring myself into sport. I could now once again take advantage of the moments with my loved ones. Today I feel lucky to have a second chance. Saying "good night, I love you" to my son every night is a real joy.

My wife has been my biggest support, and as a nurse she knew what to expect and helped us both cope with the diagnosis and treatment. It fills me with pride and admiration to know everything she has done for our son, Gabriel and for me as a caregiver. I owe her everything and have great respect for her. I have also been very fortunate to have a circle of friends and family who supported me in person and through messages throughout my treatment. I never felt alone.

Beyond the support of my loved ones, it was incredibly valuable for me to talk to someone who had already been through treatment for ALL. This person helped me prepare for what I could expect. That moment meant a lot to me. It’s now my turn to give back to the blood cancer community through the LLSC’s peer support program and their Light The Night event in Quebec City.

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Today I feel lucky to have a second chance. Saying "good night, I love you" to my son every night is a real joy.