As a six-year-old boy, I had no idea of the severity and the stresses of childhood cancer. I believe I had a very skewed and sheltered perception of the reality of it. However, my childhood was nowhere near normal. My sister Sofia was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, when she was four […]
Our journey with childhood cancer began when Sofia was just four years old. The memories we had made until that point were really blissful, and when I look back at them now, they almost seem like a fairy-tale.
We are the Haggas family. Parents: Mark and Sue, children: eight-year-old Meghan and eleven-year-old big brother Ryan. Pets: Edalynn the Beta Fish, Toothless the Leopard Gecko, and beloved family dog Nurse Treasure. This is our story of childhood cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. On February 11, 2020, our lives changed the day our five-year-old daughter […]
When I was two and half years old, I was busy playing dress up with her older sister Allison. I squeezed into a shirt that was way too small. When my mother finally rolled it off my arms and head, she noticed it had left little dark spots. Mom immediately booked an appointment with the […]
It was simply a sore throat… swollen glands… possibly mono. How on earth did three visits to the walk-in clinic over Christmas break and two visits to Alberta Children’s Hospital over a sore throat become cancer? How was it our vibrant, energetic, active, healthy 13-year-old boy Ty’s blood stream was 90% cancer cells?
Our journey began in August 2017. We picked up Jocelyn from science camp in Drumheller when we knew something was not right. After several visits to the clinic over two weeks, we noticed Jocelyn progressively getting worse.