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Biography - Deny Dallaire

My introduction to the hospital system as a patient started in early adulthood. In 1987, at the age of 20, I was diagnosed with stage IIA Hodgkin's lymphoma. After 6 months of chemotherapy and 8 weeks of radiation, I was considered in full remission. However, only 3 months later, my cancer recurred. In all, I have had 6 separate diagnoses of cancer. This includes a recurrence in 1990, following a bone marrow transplant - after which I was given one year to live. My last recurrence was in 2004.

In the early 1990s, I instigated what became the Cancer Patient Liaison Group at The Moncton Hospital. This group had as a mandate to identify opportunities and challenges that cancer patients at the hospital face. It was made up of a variety of doctors, nurses, other health professionals and more importantly: cancer patients.

In June 2016, I suffered a severe aspiration pneumonia and spent 8 days in ICU and a total of 15 days in the hospital. It was determined that the aspiration of food into my lungs was caused by secondary damage from my extensive radiation therapy.

As well as being a patient, I have also worked within the hospital system. During my illness in the 80s and 90s, I worked as a researcher for an orthopaedic surgeon. More recently, as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist specializing in patients with diabetes, I work closely with health professionals at the wound clinic of The Moncton Hospital.

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