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For anybody else, it’d simply be one other summer time day within the park.
However for Amanda Saunders that common Grand Falls-Windsor day within the park means a complete lot extra.
At simply 23 years previous, she has already survived a coronary heart transplant and a really latest battle with a type of lymphoma.
Sitting on a light picnic desk close to a duck pond in Church Highway Park on July 17, Saunders smiles, the solar dancing off her black sun shades as she takes within the giant central Newfoundland day.
The width of her smiles tells you she hasn’t had many days like this one in her hometown in recent times.
Fact is, she hasn’t. Between her transplant and her most cancers therapies, Saunders has spent what she figures is a yr of the final yr and a
half in Ottawa getting therapy.
“Dwelling for me was a trip place,” she stated. “It felt like Ottawa was my dwelling, which is completely fantastic … (however) I did miss dwelling and with the ability to sleep in my very own mattress.”
Her newest battle got here simply a few months in the past when she was recognized with post-transplant lymphoproliferative dysfunction in March. It’s a kind of lymphoma related to organ transplant recipients and impacts between one and two per cent of sufferers.
In December of 2019, she had been experiencing intense abdomen pains and was on the Ottawa Coronary heart Institute to search out out what was fallacious together with her.
She was recognized with the Epstein-Barr virus and it had attacked her bloodstream, her liver and her gastrointestinal tract.
A few months after being handled and launched to return dwelling, Saunders was known as again to the hospital. That is when, simply shy of her 23rd birthday, she was advised she had most cancers.
“It was the scariest information I ever obtained in my life,” she stated. “I felt like, ‘right here we go once more.’”
All of this got here on the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant Saunders needed to face this newest ordeal alone.
Her dad and mom had been in Ottawa however unable to be there as their daughter began therapy. So far, Ottawa has had 2,189 of Ontario’s 37,274 confirmed instances of the virus.
“It was terrifying and I used to be the youngest individual within the room each time,” stated Saunders.
Nonetheless, Saunders has been right here earlier than.
She had already confronted and conquered a serious well being scare simply over a yr earlier and she or he was going to overcome this one.
“It was the scariest information I ever obtained in my life. I felt like, ‘right here we go once more.’”
Saunders took the identical strategy to her most cancers therapy as she did to her transplant. Every day was a brand new day, take them as they arrive and hold transferring ahead.
She was decided to beat most cancers.
“Taking one step at a time, don’t sweat the small stuff and solely fear when it’s a must to,” stated Saunders. “The start of the therapies was tough however I might see me enhancing day-to-day.”
On June 9, Saunders was advised her lymphoma was in remission and she or he was given a clear invoice of well being.
Lastly, she might make her long-awaited return to her dwelling province.
Seeing her daughter undergo what she has at such a younger age is one thing that can keep on with Sandra Thomas.
“It has been a protracted, lengthy highway,” she stated of her daughter’s journey. “She has come from the depths of being extraordinarily sick and she or he’s taken it like a trouper.
“I don’t why or how anybody can do what she has gone by way of.”
For the subsequent month or so, Saunders will head to St. John’s each three weeks for therapies.
When these are completed on the finish of August, she is going to bear one other set of checks to verify the most cancers is totally out of her system.
If it was discovered to nonetheless be there, Saunders would wish to proceed her therapy.
For anybody else, that information may ship them spiralling however after what she’s been by way of the final two years, Saunders intends to take no matter information she will get within the fall in stride.
“It’s OK to really feel your feelings … however on the finish of the day, simply get again up and take all of it in stride,” she stated.
Nicholas Mercer is a Native Journalism Initiative reporter masking central Newfoundland for SaltWire Community. firstname.lastname@example.org
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