Laurie Johnston





Calgary, Alberta


Interior Designer.

What treatments have you undergone?: 

Several years of different types of chemotherapy drugs and regimes were followed by a stem cell transplant on May 15, 2008 with an unmatched, unrelated donor. Acute Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) was followed by Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease requiring anti-rejection and immune suppressant drugs, steroids and a myriad of other medications to deal with various symptoms that continue to this day.

If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?: 


Who is your Rider?: 

David Johnson

If you had cancer, what was the diagnosis?: 

I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in the summer of 2004. CLL patients are usually monitored but left untreated and can look forward to a relatively normal life expectancy. In my case, symptoms required my doctor to treat the disease, chemotherapy made it more aggressive and a stem cell transplant became my only hope of living for more than a few years. A year after my stem cell transplant, a bone marrow biopsy showed me to be CLL-free.

What are your top 5 inspirational songs?: 

I have never thought of any particular songs giving me inspiration, though a current favourite is David Guetta's 'Titanium' featuring Sia.

Relationship to your Rider: 

Friend and co-worker.

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