HMOTB of the week: Tyler Gauchier (17 photos)


Hi Berries! This is our very first HMOTB of the Week, Tyler_G. He's been sending in photos over the past year and y'all have loved every one of them. He's such a sweet guy that has been through a lot. I'll let him take it from here…

My name is Tyler Gauchier, I was born in Edmonton Alberta, I was raised in a tiny hamlet called Marlboro, which is full of independent Aboriginal/First Nation people such as myself. In the Spring of 2009, I got devastating news that changed my life: I developed a bone tumor within my right humerus. No cancer could be found after a biopsy and several tests. I went on to have that humerus removed and I had it replaced with a light plastic that's enforced by titanium, my right shoulder has been replaced with titanium too. After staying in the hospital for ten days and recovering at home for over a month, I went in for a check up only to learn that there was cancer found within my bone tumor upon much further inspection. I was shocked and heartbroken, but a confidence grew after my first visit to the Alberta Cross Cancer Clinic in Edmonton and I learned what was to come ahead of me in steps. All I had to do was get through the first step and I did so, with the help of my family and friends, the patients I've roomed with, many of them terminal. I will never forget the doctors and nurses, I owe them my life.

I did chemo for a month and a half, it kept me in the cancer clinic for a week as I had to come in every to stay every 1-2 weeks. I began radiation for two months after that, that left me with terrible burns by the end of my treatments. I continued chemotherapy successfully until March of 2010 when my blood developed bacteria that it couldn't fight off, due to my weakness from so much chemo. It kept me in the hospital for nearly two straight months. I couldn't eat, talk, walk and it was a lot of work to go to the bathroom. I was grateful that it couldn't get any worse, but it wasn't going to be better any time soon. I was feeling so low and I always questioned what it felt like to lead a normal life, to be healthy again. Until I childhood hero of mine (Saku Koivu of the Anaheim Ducks pictured below) wanted to meet me.

As I was finishing my chemo treatments, I began walking 45 minutes every couple days, that became an hour and a half every day within a month. I did another month of walking until I developed enough strength to work out. I lifted weights, jogged half an hour and rode the exercise bike within a six day rotation for six months. I was back in my normal shape by then and I received great news that Christmas of 2010: After finishing chemo on May 28, my cancer is in remission and has been since.

Like all diseases, my future with my remission is still uncertain, but that's the very last thing on my mind and if I have to face it again; it will be with a smile on my face, as I know I will kick cancer's ass, inspire many and motivate myself for future challenges as I live on forever more.

A big thank you the the Berries for their loving words and support, they really make my day. They're kind, loving and wonderful as they are beautiful. :) <3


Tyler! We can’t thank you enough for sharing your story and photos. You are such a positive person… we can truly benefit from your words.
All the best,
theBERRY crew: Emily, Megan & Alex

PS: Do you know someone who should be featured on ‘HMOTB of the week’? Send in a group of pictures to theBERRYpics[at]gmail[dot]com!

  • spazz1989

    Hey Tyler!

    Keep up the good health! Fuck Cancer!! You're quite a handsome man by the way! :)

    • TylerG_76

      Hey, thanks for the encouragement! As for my handsomeness, it's a lot easier than it looks. ;)

  • vesper003

    I'm really proud of you for continuing to fight cancer and thinking positive all the time! Like you I had a form of cancer but it was benign, luckily. In the beginning, I went through a lot of depression but by being positive and smiling I got through it just fine. I will continue wishing the best for you as you fight cancer and continue smiling cause you deserve it!

    • TylerG_76

      Yeah, those feelings are very exceptional, I felt that too once the shock went away. Thankfully keeping my family close and working with the right people kept my spirits up. Although there's never anything wrong with expressing your feelings. If you're sad, it's okay to cry. If you're mad, it's okay to be angry. If you're happy, everybody loves somebody who's the best person in the room. Little things like that help you accept what you're going through and let you move forward whenever you look back. You deserve the best too and I'm thankful for your words of encouragment, you deserve the best as well! :D <3

  • BounceAround

    So, I just cried. First of all because I saw that you are somewhat of an Edmontonian. Alberta love all the way. Secondly because of the reason there is this page… for your trials for survival with such a tremendous life changing ordeal. You're very strong, and I hate to be a flirt, but you're almighty gorgeous with the facial hair. I remember seeing #13 on one of the recent blog posts on here, and sorta fell in some crush mode. Haha

    All in all, you sound undoubtedly amazing.

    • TylerG_76

      You seem like a wonderful woman and I'm glad to see my story has an affect on you this way. :) I shaved my beard of over a week ago and it's growing back nicely into a polite stubble, you would love it! ;) I'm sure you are amazing too and hopefully I can get to know you, seeing that you're an Albertan. :) Alberta girls rock! <3

      • BounceAround

        It'd better be growing back nicely! I am very much into hairy guys. I know that is very bizarre to hear about, but hey! Sadly though, you won't be able to get to know me. I wish I still lived in Alberta just so I could possibly get to meet you. I would honestly love to take you out for a cup of coffee to hear about everything. Alas, I currently reside in the Netherlands…. though I will be moving to Nova Scotia for a year.. yet it is still not going to be AB. Shame, eh?

        • TylerG_76

          That seems normal to me, hairy guys are getting alotta love these days. :D Thank goodness, hehe. :P That's okay, I wasn't expecting to be that close to you, although a cup of coffee does really seem nice. :) I was thinking of me emailing you and getting to know you that way, if you don't mind my forwardness. :)
          You've really stuck true to your name and I hope I kept your pride for Alberta just as strong. :) <3

          • BounceAround

            Hahahaha, You are quite lucky that girls these days give attention to them hairy men, eh? Sadly, not enough love is given to those who have hair in Europe which pushes them to shave it all off. I'm rather disturbed by this. Luckily Canadian men are still manly! But yes, if I were there I'd take you to some café on Whyte Ave or something… safety and openness for you and I at first. As for you being forward, don't worry, that's barely bold. Haha, but if you're truly up to it, look up and you'll get me. Hope to hear from you soon. X

            • TylerG_76

              Makes me realize I should be grateful, Europeon's are so gorgeous and they would be perfect if they had that special preference of yours. ;) hehe Who knows, maybe we will hang out on Whyte Ave. if I get to know you well enough, something tells me that you'll hear from me sooner than ya think! ;) hehe <3

  • @nickiebby117

    Thank you Tyler for sharing your story with all of us and thank you Berry for reposting it! I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma 6 years ago….6 months of chemo, 20 days of radiation, a few stints in the hospital because of infections… It's definitely been a long road and I never thought I would reach the point that I'm at now, I still think about it every single day, but you definitely realize what is really important in life and I have learned to be thankful for even the littlest things in my life. Wishing you all the best and a future full of wonderful times and all the good health that someone like you deserves! I always think that since I got this out of the way early in life the rest should be a breeze :)

    • TylerG_76

      My most favourite Hockey player overcame that disease ten years ago and he's still cancer free and playing Hockey today. You seem a lot like him. :) Thank you very much, Nickie. <3 You deserve the best as well and I'm sure you will get that, especially after all that you've been through. :)
      All the best! <3

  • Ozzyness

    Hi Tyler,
    So glad to hear your doing well. I am a bone cancer survivor too! I was diagnosed at 17 with a tumor in my right leg. I have now been in remission for 6 years! Yay! Seeing your photos brought back so many memories. I think people need to speak of their experiences with cancer more. So I commend you on sharing your story. I think going through something like cancer changes you, but it changes you for the better. Your look on life changes, but I'm sure you already know this :)

    Wishing you health and happiness,

    • TylerG_76

      Thank you so much! Hearing that you're in remission for 6 years really puts my mind at ease. :) I wish to reach out to any one, with any kind of cancer, at any age, but it's also important to me to help those that have my disease too. I hope your memories were good ones that I brought back for you and I have a lot too. :)
      I know I'm still the same old Tyler after going through this, but you're right, it does define you and it's for the better. You have the confidence to get through anything.

      All the best, Ozzy! Thanks for the story, and Chive on! :)

  • Lisette Noe

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  • Teenur

    i like #1

  • Corie Steffen

    I will never forget the doctors and nurses, I owe them my life.

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