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Eamonn Conrad
Eamonn Conrad is currently as a post-doctoral fellow in chemistry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, working in polymer science. Conrad was born in Dartmouth NS and moved to Vancouver in 2010 upon completion of university (St. Francis Xavier '06, Dalhousie '10).

In 2011 at age 26 Conrad was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in his right leg and hip. He had treatment consisting of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation over the course of 12 months. Now 28, Conrad has been in remission for a little over 12 months with check-ups every three months.

He is a beginner skier and cyclist as is till getting his legs back underneath him and trying to reestablish his career. Conrad currently writes twice a week on his blog about whatever cancer patient and survivorship issues that are on his mind that week.

Entries by Eamonn Conrad

Moving Forward, or at Least Trying to, With Uncertainty After Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 5:25 PM

A few weeks ago I went to see Pearl Jam. They are my favorite band, they were playing in my hometown of Vancouver, and I knew it would take a lot for me to miss this one. The band delivered, they played for hours, and it was quite honestly the...

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Looking Back at the Last Few Years Post-Cancer Treatment

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 6:44 PM

It has been almost three years now since I was diagnosed with cancer.

It has been almost two years since I finished medical treatment for everything involved with cancer.

I still don't know exactly what to think about a lot of things after all this. However, life does not stop...

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Living in the Chemo Ward

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:05 PM

There are two ways to get chemotherapy that I know of: in-patient or outpatient.

I had both ways, but I found in-patient to be much more difficult to deal with. As an out patient at least I could go feel like garbage at home.

I didn't have a lot of...

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The Fight After the Fight

(11) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:40 PM

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one thing I really was prepared for was the fight during treatment. I knew I was going to have surgery, leading to my inability to walk for some time. I knew when I started chemotherapy I would lose my hair, feel worse than I...

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Things I Was Told During Chemotherapy

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 2:00 PM

"You don't even look that sick"

"If you hadn't of told me you were going through chemotherapy I wouldn't have known"

"Bald is a good look for you"

"But you have so much energy, it can't be that bad"

"At least it hasn't affected your smile"

Every day, young adults...

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26 Going on 60

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:34 AM

When I was diagnosed with cancer I was 26 years old. I wasn't the youngest person in the world to deal with such an ordeal, but I wasn't the oldest. And as many young cancer fighters would say, younger than they ever thought they would be to be diagnosed with...

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The New Post-Cancer Me: I Didn't Intend on Being So Different

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:21 PM

One of the terms I have hated most when I finished cancer treatment was "new normal." Doctors refer to it, counselors refer to it and a lot of survivors refer to it. I fought it for as long as I could. Recently, I have started to accept the fact that...

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Why Me? The Question With No Answers

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:53 PM

I always felt, from day one of being diagnosed with cancer, that asking "Why me?" was a dangerous road to go down. Although it is an obvious question, and for most people the most immediate question, I tried my best not to ask that of myself. It is a question...

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Planning for an Uncertain Future

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:39 PM

At a time when my friends were finishing school, getting married, having kids, buying houses and other things typical of a young adult I was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in 2011 at age 26. I received treatment for a year that included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation over the course of...

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