Top-ranked Canadian trampolinist speaks openly, hopefully about having cancer at age 22

Source: Vancouver Sun, May 2019

Cancer in young adults is relatively rare, and so came as a shock to multiple-medal-winning gymnast Tamara O’Brien.

Weeks after winning a silver medal in double-mini trampoline at the 2017 World Games, Tamara O’Brien felt a strange lump under her chin while watching TV in her mother’s Coquitlam duplex.

She received an ultrasound and a biopsy, but life went on as usual for the 20-year-old athlete who continued to train and then flew to Spain for another international competition, where she won silver again. After she returned home, she was summoned to her doctor’s office.

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