Finding balance after leukemia (Lindsay’s story)

In this video, Lindsay talks about being diagnosed with leukemia at 29, and she discusses her treatment and finding her balance

Watch as Lindsay talks about her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 29. Her treatment consisted of two rounds of chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, full-body radiation and then spinal-tap radiation.

She also talks about isolation, both lost and rekindled friendships, returning to the world and recurrence. She shares how she found her balance.

Lindsay lives in Calgary, Alberta. When she was diagnosed with cancer, she was training to be a nurse. She now works for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society with outreach programs and support services.

People are going to look at you no matter what, I just had to make sure you know who you are, this is the journey, they have no idea of the fight you’ve just gone through. Be proud of you being here, standing here, and showing yourself.

Watch the video of Lindsay talking about finding balance after leukemia

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.

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