WEEK #3: CALLIA B.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m currently in middle school in the Ottawa area. I enjoy a lot of different sports and like to stay active. When I was born, I was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called bladder exstrophy, requiring an 8-hour invasive surgery in Toronto when I was only 1 day old. Following the surgery, I was in intensive care at the hospital for two more months before I could go home. At a follow-up appointment in February 2007, an x-ray showed my hip bones weren’t in the right place, which is called hip dysplasia. That required another surgery, and then I had to be in a full body cast for 3 months, and a brace after that. My first year was pretty challenging, and hard on our family, but I think it made me into a tougher and more hard-working person. I was followed by orthopedics and urology over the years, and continue to face medical and personal challenges, including having my older brother diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, requiring chemotherapy and surgery.
Through it all, I focus on academics, being involved in various clubs, music (choir and guitar) and have an active social life with my family and friends. My sports background is varied, having played t-ball, soccer, touch football, ringette, basketball, and more recently focused on Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. I competed with the Ottawa Junior Girls Ultimate team in at the National Championships in 2019, and recently qualified for the Board championships with my school volleyball team. I volunteer coach as well, and enjoy giving back to my community through supporting the children’s hospital and other important causes that are close to me and my family.