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Sonja's Story

Sonja was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2001

What a week-end! Beautiful weather, excellent camping, surrounded by friends and doing something I love. Playing softball… 1st annual Sunshine Coast Tournament this week-end and WOW, we’re in the finals!! Three straight games to Victory… WE WON!!

I’m glad, I don’t think I could have caught another inning.

It’s September and my 39th birthday is a couple of weeks away. Started my new job in June, training Director for Toys R Us. Finally after all those years of hard work, I’d finally made it to the top. My dream job.

Then it’s Thanksgiving already, American Thanksgiving that is… had a marvelous day, good food, good company and lots of laughs. I went to bed feeling very blessed. Then it’s 3 am… OH MY GOD, why am I in so much pain? I slide out of bed and stagger to the kitchen. HOLY MOLY, what could be wrong? A pinched nerve maybe? I’ve never felt such intense pain before. I think I’m going to pass out. The walk-in clinic opens at 9 am. The doctor confirms, it’s Sciatica. Sent on my way with a handful of pills and a referral to see the Chiropractor down the street.

The next morning I get the same wake up call, this time worse. This isn’t right I thought – something is wrong. I called my GP, she had me come in to see her right away. Five minutes into the exam, she was on the phone to the ER at VGH. The spine specialist was waiting for me to get there.

Eight hours later, specialist after specialist, test after test and morphine shot after morphine shot, they admitted me...

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