I AM CANCER FREE

July 2, 2014

Wednesday July 2nd 2014. I woke up in the morning to the buzzing of my phone. Text messages and notifications filled my screen.  My friends were all wishing me a happy last cancer treatment day! I rubbed my eyes as it took me a good second to realize… this is it! This is THE day I have been counting down from the start.  Today is my finish line! The same feeling I felt when the doctor told me it was breast cancer, I felt it again ...

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Radiation Round 26-28: Electron Booster Rounds

June 30, 2014

June 26 to June 30 I can’t be happier to say that I no longer have to hold my breath anymore! The complicated and exhausting breath-hold technique is no longer needed for my last 4 rounds. We are now switching to the second part of my plan called electron radiation also known as booster rounds. I don't have to hold my breath anymore because this type of treatment focuses on the small area around my scar where my tumors were removed. It ...

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Radiation Round 21-25: Let the Burns Begin

June 25, 2014

June 18 to June 25,  Radiation is easy they said… you won’t feel a thing they said… Lies! In my round 20s, the pain has officially begun. Im not trying to scare anyone who has to do radiation… I just rather you know all the  possibilities and be prepared for the worst, to then realize that it’s not so bad after all! Because for me, it was the opposite! I was told that it was easy and that  I wouldn’t feel a thing. But again, ...

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Radiation Round 16-20: Good Haircut, Bad Tan

June 17, 2014

June 10 to June 17, I could think of a million things I would love to do in the middle of June’s hot sunny weather. Going to the hospital every day is NOT one of them. My morale gets a little low when I see my newsfeed filled with my friend’s pool party pictures. But I have to keep reminding myself that what I miss out on now, will give me the rest of my life to do whatever the hell I want later. As per usual, radiation times are ...

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“A weird age to have Breast Cancer” My speech at the ’10 Reasons to Give’ Fundraiser

June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10th 2014. The sweetest email was sent to me by Sylvie Gregoire, a 2-time breast cancer survivor who was also treated at the Jewish General Hospital. Every year she participates in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and throws a fundraiser! As this was her 10th annual event, she invited 10 people touched by cancer to speak about their experiences at her cocktail conference!  After reading an article about me in Hope and ...

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Radiation Round 11-15: Halfway Mark

June 9, 2014

June 4th to June 9th 2014.  Remember that awesome weekend I went to New York City? Well, with permission and early notice, I was able to stay until Monday and skip a round of radiation. However, my doctor said I would have to make up for it by doing 2 rounds in one day! This week… was the week I had to make up for it. Many people don’t think you can do 2 radiation treatments in one day. Well technically, you’re not supposed to, but ...

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Radiation Round 6 to 10: A Closer Look

June 3, 2014

May 28 to June 3 2014. This week, radiation went smoothly! I’ve been in and out of the hospital for no more than 45 minutes a day. The technicians and I all get along great. As you can see, they are all used to my crazy ways and allow me to pretty much film everything and anything I want! Yay! Things I learnt this week: - When doing the breath-hold technique, I hold my breath on average 12 times. The 6th and the 12th time are always ...

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My speech at the fundraiser Celebrating the Life of Shalaleh Khorsand

May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29th 2014 When I was asked to speak at this fundraiser, I wasn’t too sure what to expect! I was told that a fundraiser for the ‘Relay for Life’ was going to be held to celebrate what would have been Shalaleh Korsand’s 25th Birthday. Briefly, I was explained how Shalaleh lost her 5 year battle to sarcoma cancer this past fall. As a 25 year old cancer fighter, I was invited to give a small speech.  At this point, I’ve ...

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Radiation Round 1 to 5: The First Experience.  

May 20, 2014

Friday, May 16th 2014  Showered, ready and mentally prepared to go for round 1, I prepare a little lunch to eat before treatment. As I sit down to take my first bite… my phone rings and my screen displays “Unknown number”. I answer… and it’s the hospital once more. “Miss Agustin, we are encountering problems with our machine so unfortunately, we have to cancel your appointment today.” I drop my fork in my salad bowl. “Ok… ...

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Radiation CT scans & Tattoos

May 15, 2014

Wednesday, April 30th 2014. After anxiously waiting 4 weeks, I finally received the call for my CT scan that will allow me to get this radiation chapter started! Accompanied by my loving boyfriend, we enter this new world of radiotherapy together. The Jewish General Hospital’s radiation department looks brand new and is much more modern and organized than the chemotherapy pavillon. The waiting room looks like a clean comfy lounge with ...

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