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Articles by Adriana Lombardo

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My experience as a Mirror Ball 2017 ambassador

Flashbacks of my time at a workshop appeared in my head as I looked around the room where we were graciously given a standing ovation.

Nov. 24, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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What would happen if we redefined 'brave?'

Yes, I always found a reason to smile, but knowing that each breath that I took from the moment that I woke up until the moment I went to sleep was a fighting breath, made things a little scary for a 17-year-old.

Oct. 18, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Keeping the promise I made to myself for life after cancer

The first time I sat in the chemo chair as an outpatient I told myself aloud, “The first thing I am going to do when I’m all finished treatment is put my feet in warm sand on a beach somewhere.”

Sept. 8, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Learning to appreciate the new me post cancer

There are days I feel guilty. Like, really guilty. I feel as though now that my cancer journey should be behind me and I should be happy and moving forward, I can’t just yet. There is still a lot of healing to do – mentally AND emotionally.

Aug. 21, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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This is what I kept in my chemo bag

These are things I always made sure to pack and keep on-hand – not only for chemo, but during my period of treatment whenever I stepped out.

July 28, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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My social life: Before and after cancer

My school rallied together and made a banner wishing me all the best and fast healing. People whom I hadn’t even really built a friendship with stepped forward to wish me well. It was overwhelmingly heartwarming to say the least...until it all stopped.

June 29, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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The follow-up: It wasn't a relapse afterall

Prior to my hip replacement surgery, I was told I had relapsed and would be needing a bone marrow transplant. My world had changed. I thought I was “free” from all treatment and that I would be able to move forward after my hip replacement.

June 2, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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Cane and pain-free: Adjusting to my new ceramic hip

I have never been so excited for an appointment as I was for this one. This appointment was going to determine whether or not all of my restrictions could get lifted – raised toilet seat, sitting on a wedge cushion, using a cane when I would go out, no bending, no twisting, the fear of sleeping in any other positon than my back...

May 26, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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My first steps after a total hip replacement

On our way back towards my room, there was the set of stairs which I knew I would have to eventually learn. The physiotherapist caught me eyeing them and asked if I found myself ready to try those four steps. I was honest in my response when I said, “I won’t know if I’m ready unless I try.”

April 28, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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What I’ve been waiting for: A brand new hip

To tell you the truth, I was more excited than nervous on the hours leading up to my hip replacement surgery, because it is something I have been waiting for for what seems like forever to me.

April 13, 2017 | by Adriana Lombardo

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