22 with terminal cancer: Canadian gymnast grapples with a life-changing diagnosis | Before & After

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UPDATE: Tamara O'Brien sadly passed away on October 15, 2019.
Two years ago, Tamara O’Brien was a 21-year-old gymnast on the Canadian National Team and had just earned a medal at the World Games. She was on her way to the World Championships when she discovered a lump on the left side of her neck. It was this lump that would turn O’Brien - the rising star athlete she always saw herself as - into a new person, someone she would have to get to know all over again. &After
Her diagnosis became a pivotal moment for O’Brien that would change her priorities and her perspective. On the anniversary of her diagnosis, she shares her vulnerable and intimate story in Before & After: Cancer Diagnosis.
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From surviving a mass shooting to going to space, some events in life are so impactful, they change everything. Before & After dives into the pivotal moments in our lives that forever change who we are, and how we see the world.
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@jamiemoors5018 2 yıl önce
Tamara O’Brien was my girlfriend , and I’m incredibly lucky to have been able to spend the time together with her that we had. It makes me happy to see that her story is being shared around the world. Tams you are my angel. I’ll love you always and forever
@hannajovin6508 2 yıl önce
Hi everyone! My name is Hanna Jovin and I am the director of the series, Before & After. It's incredible to see the response on this video. When I met Tamara, all she ever wanted was to be able to tell her story to a wide audience. I am so grateful that her words have been heard so widely, and touched so many of you. She was wise beyond her years and will be missed so much. Thank you for watching!
@sproutsrevil6508 2 yıl önce
I’m stage 4. Just had hysterectomy. Two more chemos to go. I refuse to die. Having cancer makes a person mentally strong. Good luck to us all. This poor girl. So young. RIP. Xxx
@zzzut 2 yıl önce
She was an athlete and she probably had a very healthy life (no cigarettes, no drugs, no alcohol). She died of cancer anyway. This is a very valuable lesson. Live every day like it is the last of your life. R.I.P. Tamara O'Brien.
@thedustiev1 2 yıl önce
I'm glad she said cancer is not a gift. I watched my partner fight cancer for over 3 years, he lived 1 month over what they said he would. He fought hard & remained positive throughout. To hear someone you love & planned on spending a lifetime with tell you they are dying & there's nothing they can do is beyond heartbreaking. Miss him every second of everyday. Her positivity and honesty was inspiring, sad to hear she has since passed. RIP beautiful girl♥️
@emilym1264 Yıl önce
I hate that people find inspiration in terminal illnesses. My son was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October 2020 less than a week after his 12th birthday. He died only 2 months later on January 2nd 2021. His life isn't anyone's inspiration. Nothing good came of his death. He should be alive and that's all there is to it.
@drdee55 2 yıl önce
My wife died at age 22 of melanoma over 40 years ago, and I still miss her.
@Teddietokes Yıl önce
she was my cousin. we didn’t know each other very well, and only really met a couple times, but she was such a sweet soul. rip Tamara
I'll never get over losing my Mom back in 2010. What was supposed to be one of the greatest years of my life ended being a nightmare. While at my PhD graduation, my Mom complained about a bad cough. A week later, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She didn't smoke, had always been in good health, and had just turned 59. She was gone in three months. We miss her dearly.
@mjremy2605 Yıl önce
This was so hard to watch for me. I lost my daughter of 37 yrs last year to cancer. It was so aggressive this thing. She was slim, beautiful, ate healthy food, exercised, had strong abs, and so many plans for her life. She was successful in her business, did so much good in the world. And then, pouf, gone.
@danieladams4561 2 yıl önce
Oh my God. I've just felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the life and health I have. My problems have just been truly humbled. What a lesson. Thank you.
@holliekuber4992 Yıl önce
Hi there
@user-tl4oy4jk1k 2 yıl önce
Currently 23 and going through chemotherapy for a rare blood cancer. Crazy how you can feel perfectly normal and have a life threatening illness. Bless this woman.
Be grateful for your health. Please people, life is so short. This story made me, a grown man who rarely cries, cry his eyes out. God bless the family of this woman.
Around April 8th,2021 my life came crashing down. I was diagnosed with B-Cell ALL. I’ve never smoked, hated drinking tbh and I was really active ( especially in 2020, when I was gone for a Years worth of training with the Marines in Cali ). I thought I was strong because of my previous accomplishments, but what Tamara was saying really hit the ball. I really don’t think my personal Cancer journey is a “gift”or will it ever be considered one.
@gilibrenner 2 yıl önce
She looks like an angel, with such pure glowing skin. It’s unbelievable that these dark evil cells had been all over her young body, killing it from the inside. Rest In Peace :(
@katherinescanlon9036 2 yıl önce
Melanoma took my aunt in her early 40s. Cancer showed up in my thyroid and throat in 2012. My lymph nodes were all removed from my neck in surgery and I had radiation a few months after. Cancer is far from a gift and the side effects of treatment and surgery are life changing and lifelong. Cancer helped me put my life into perspective and realize that I really can't take anything in life for granted. RIP Tamara ❤
@ekstromjulia111 2 yıl önce
My mom died two weeks ago, after 35 years of battle. She discovered her cancer when I was one. No one believed she would live passed 5 years. She always said love of you (me) has kept me alive. Tamara I wish you all the love. Your strength can take you far. Xxx
@MrEdenxox 2 yıl önce
Crying my eyes out. I was diagnosed at 21 and I feel her pain and I feel so so sorry. I agree it is not a gift. I've been in remission 3 years this June.
@benstr8156 21 gün önce
Wow. The cancer matured her.