Entries by Gail Corbett

401 Days

Gabriel Benun has had a long and fierce fight with cancer. He was diagnosed at six months with an aggressive form of infantile leukemia with a 35 per cent survival prognosis. He underwent an aggressive and painful treatment including six months in-patient as well as ICU admission, only to relapse 99 days from end of […]

Reid’s Legacy: The Ewing Cancer Foundation of Canada

Never heard of Ewing sarcoma? Be grateful. It is a cancer of the bone and soft tissue, affecting mostly kids and young adults but can strike anyone, anywhere in the body, at any age. Researchers pinpointed a chromosomal translocation as the cause. Ewing sarcoma is not hereditary, cannot be prevented and there is no screening. […]

Creating a Happy Home for my Child with Cancer

In 2014, both my husband and I were working long hours at high pressure jobs. It seemed as though our daughter Selena was spending more time with her nanny and grandparents than with us, and she was having behavioural problems at daycare. We made the decision that Selena needed more “mom time,” so I took […]

Ayverie’s Amazing Attitude

  In January of 2013, my seven-year-old daughter Ayverie started to show signs of a typical flu— vomiting, headaches, fevers and dizziness. After weeks of back and forth between doctors, specialists and the hospital, a five-centimeter mass was discovered on Ayverie’s brain stem. This was medulloblastoma (brain cancer) and she had just turned eight. She […]

Maddie’s Gratitude

It all started in 2013 with extreme pain in my back and knees. What I thought was just an injury from playing volleyball turned out to be a tumour in my abdomen. The tumour was massive. It was 20 by 10 cm—about the size of a cantaloupe. I was 15 and had to quickly come […]

Remembering Jason

This is the story of my sweet nine year old boy Jason Conrad Mejia –Jason to his friends but to mom and dad, he was JC. On August 27, 2015, doctors at Sick Kids diagnosed Jason with stage four metastatic clear cell sarcoma of the soft tissue, bones and lungs. Our world was turned upside […]

A Sippy Cup of Chemo

Our son, Shawn, was diagnosed with a brain tumour called an ependymoma at 16 months of age. He had been sleepless and irritable and after four different doctor visits over a month’s time, we finally received a diagnosis. Shawn was rushed to SickKids Hospital where he had surgery the next day. The surgery removed 99% […]

Noah’s Blue Ribbon Brigade

In January 2012, our son Noah was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At eleven years old, he was given a 50% chance of long term survival. He bravely underwent grueling treatment for nine months and then eagerly jumped back into life.  He had a zest for life and a mischievous spirit, with […]

Harmony’s Story

On September 1st, 2015, we welcomed Harmony, our third child, into the world. Ten fingers, ten toes, she was absolutely perfect. We did notice a small bump, just under the skin next to her left eye. Concerned, I asked our pediatrician and he assured me it was a tiny cyst, very common and nothing to […]