Author Archives: joantarasar

January 29

It sounds so cliché…

As 2016 came to a close, so too did my PULSE assignment at the Canadian Cancer Society in Toronto. I feel like I should write a final blog, but where to begin? As I reflect on these past months, I want to write about my experience, but I can’t seem to find the words to […]

September 13

What’s YOUR risk?

Did you know that research shows that approximately half of all cancers can be prevented?  The Canadian Cancer Society is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer prevention.  During my PULSE assignment, I am working with the Society’s National Health Policy/Cancer Control team which maintains up-to-date knowledge about research evidence with a focus on cancer prevention […]

July 18

A Walk In The Woods

It’s the weekend, so I have decided to take this opportunity to explore my surroundings a little.  Who knew that there would be wooded trails and lush vegetation in the midst of the 4th largest city in North America?!  I consult a map and have a destination in mind, but find that the path splits […]

July 02

First Glimpse

After months of preparation and planning (and a short delay at the airport), the Canada Air jet touched down on an unseasonably warm summer afternoon in Toronto.  I was grateful to be chauffeured from the airport by my PULSE “Buddy”, and have consistently been welcomed by friendly, helpful people who speak my language in surroundings […]

May 30


A couple of years ago I applied to become a PULSE Volunteer for GSK.  After having volunteered locally for various organizations within my own community, I was excited about the prospect of traveling to some unknown location and envisioned an adventure immersed in the developing world.  Then, something changed my life.  I was diagnosed with […]