24 Hours later..

Yesterday at 3:00 my family and i was finished moving me into my room at queens, and they headed back to Toronto. Last night in the middle of the night i started feeling some pain in my chest. I woke up to go running and i could barley move, it was difficult even trying to get changed. I tried to go running thinking maybe it would make me feel better. I took one step and i knew i wasnt going to be abel to run. Chest pain is a side effect of the oral chemotherapy, and the sheet of side effects mentioned that if i develop severe chest pain i need to go to the ER. I waited a bit to see if the pain was going away but it didn’t. I called my sisters best friends (my second sister) and she came to pick me up and take me to the ER. John also met us there a few minutes later. We waited as i got a chest Xray, and all my vitals checked. I thought that maybe i had some water in my lungs, that wasnt the case. My parents came to kingston to pick me up and take me to Toronto to see my doctors tomorrow. I will hopefully be back in Kingston on Wednesday. Its very frustrating for me that i have only been in Kingston fot 24 hours before i had an emergency. All i want is to be able to do the things i want to do. running in the mornings makes me feel so relaxed and sets me up for a great day. I was upset that i could not run today and i had to come back to Toronto. I would love to just wake up tomorrow and not be in any pain, but i know thats not something realistic to ask for. Its just frustrating because i felt perfectly fine yesterday and all the days leading up to going to kingston. I know in time everything will be ok, but right now it feels like my body just dosent want to cooperate with me. Im praying for a brighter tomorrow. 


  1. Hi Carley,
    A brief note to let you and your family know we are thinking about you. You have shown such a positive attitude over these past many months and we are sure you will beat this new challenge ahead of you. You have many people in your corner rooting for you. Wishing you much strength and continued positive thoughts.

    Friends of your parents,
    Rob & Alex

  2. Carley, another video to listen to is by “Stephanie Person” who is a trainer who started using the ketogenic diet after she researched and found the diet for her mother who had cancer. If you google her you will find a video where she talks about it.

  3. Hello Carley, what a brave young woman you are. I’ve been doing research for my sister-in-law because she has liver cancer. I learned, as you may already know, that sugar feeds cancer cells and that cancer cells cannot live on ketones, which is what is produced by the body when fat is the primary fuel. Therefore the type of diet that is recognized for cancer (esp brain) is a diet low in carbohydrates and high in fat. If you google low carb high fat or ketogenic you will find a lot of information on this. The podcasts I listen to are through the Jimmy Moore website. He has many physicians talking about the many benefits of this diet. You can do the diet while you are taking chemotherapy. This way of eating is beneficial for other medical conditions such as diabetes and I am happy to say I am staying off diabetic medications because I follow the low carb woe (way of eating). There are other dietary ways to fight cancer, but this is one that I believe in. Big hug to you.

  4. You are truly amazing and blessed. Everything will be fine soon and you will be running faster than ever.

  5. Carley,
    I’ve been reading your blogs over the past couple of weeks and can’t tell you how badly my entire family and I feel for you. You’ve been through a lot over the past year or so and just when things started to seem like they were getting better they got bad again. The way that I think that you need to approach this is like a marathon, or a long run in the morning. You need to pace yourself, stay focused on where you want to get to and be positive. You have many many people who care deeply about you and your family, and a great team of doctors at UHN and TGH who are very close to you and are taking care of you. You’ll have some bad days, but you’ll also have some great days and I’ll bet you that the good days will far outnumber the ones that you’d rather forget.
    I feel very optimistic about your long-term health and where you’re headed. You’re young, you’re strong, you’re focused and you’re loved … things will be fine, promise.
    Best, Larry

  6. We are praying for a better tomorrow for you too Carely – a disappointing start to your University experience, but just a set back that you will overcome. Stay strong.

    With much Love

    Maureen, Rick & Amy

  7. Hope things settle down and you will soon feel well enough to focus on school… but do keep in mind that Queen’s isn’t going anywhere. Getting better, and taking care of you (and your family) is the most important thing.

  8. Very sorry to hear about your first day in Kingston.
    I can tell you that a lot of people are praying for you to have a brighter tomorrow – I know I am. Hang in there Carley. Remember, we want to kick ass – to cancer I mean!

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