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Articles by Adriana Lombardo

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Three years later: Reflecting on friends made and lost from cancer

One thing that I’m trying to accept is that the friendships made during my two years of cancer treatment are not guaranteed.

Dec. 12, 2017 | 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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