My Journey

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My Summary

Hello everyone and welcome to my site! My name is Angie Rose Lee and I am 23 years old. Over the past 12 years (2008) I have been thrown into a world like no other. A cancer diagnosis of leukemia in 2008, 2012 and 2014, two bone marrow transplants, a double lung transplant (2019) as well as a stroke. I have gone through treatment in Canada and the United States at five different hospitals. The road has been long and difficult, but today I am cancer-free and breathing with new lungs! My story is one of hope and resilience.

The purpose for selling my bracelets is to raise funds for the organizations and hospitals that have helped me along the way. Also, my wish is to create more awareness about bone marrow and organ donation and the need for more donors. When my cancer returned for the second time in 2012 I was told I needed a bone marrow transplant. The world data base was checked and there was no match. The long wait had started and the chemotherapy had to continue for almost a year. In 2017 when I was told I needed a lung transplant the wait was over two years. People need help for transplants of all kinds. One donor can save up to 8 lives. It is as simple as a cheek swab and a signature on a health card.

I never once thought that any of this would happen to me. But it did. I was an active kid with a big passion for sports and I excelled at many. Canadian National Tae Kwon Do  silver medalist, Canadian amateur gymnast and so on.  As a teenager I was outgoing. My friends and I lived for the weekends and staying up all night!  Life is good, but each one of us will have to deal with struggles and challenges along the way and try our best to rise above using our inner strength and leaning on others.

Today I am grateful for being here and I owe so much to the health care professionals who not only treated me with their vast knowledge and expertise but also with care and respect. Some are truly hero’s.

 I honour all the friends I have made along my journey but mostly the five who never made it. I will never forget you.

A big thank you to my family…there are no words.

On a side note, when reading about my story from year to year there are many details I have left out about operations, procedures, medicines, side-effects, feelings and emotions…So much has happened in the past 12 years that it would be impossible to cover it all. I have tried to cover the main points from each year.The words are written as a summary and from the perspective of my age at the time. 

If anyone has any questions or comments, similar experiences or just want to say hello I would love it. I am always here to talk or text!

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