Surviving leukemia (Jennifer’s story)

In this video, Jennifer talks about her cancer journey with leukemia and shares her thoughts as a five-year survivor

Watch as Jennifer talks about her treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, and her day-to-day coping strategy. She also talks about being very open with her young children and focusing solely on getting better.

She also shares how she dealt with the unexpected and was her own advocate. Now she sees her life as bonus time.

Jennifer is 43-years-old. She has a background in marketing and sales and is currently a partner at Sklar, Wilton and Associates. She is married and has two children.

So I would focus on what I call ‘control the controllables.’ I can control that. I can control a wig. I can control make-up. The rest of it – don’t worry about it.

To me, it’s allowed me to even more understand the importance of family and friends and to live life every day. Life is a gift. I’m now on bonus time. I had the type of cancer that a lot of people don’t make it from and don’t survive. I did.

Watch the video of Jennifer talking about leukemia as a five-year survivor

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.

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