Juliana VALLEE

I AM ALFA because everything that I have gone through in life has made me into the person I am today, I lead by example the way I would like for my children to be when faced with challenges.

Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

I was born in Vancouver, grew up in North Burnaby and now reside in Coquitlam with my four children, Zoe 18, Josh 14, Noah 10 and Oli 9. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the end of 2017 and underwent brain surgery in May of 2018 and radiation therapy in August of 2018.

During radiation therapy, I continued to train and then competed at the Popeye’s Fall Classic just two months after where I was awarded “Most Inspirational Award” and landed in the 2019 Spring issue of a fitness magazine. Many would view being diagnosed with a brain tumour as unfortunate, however, I believed otherwise. I believe everything happens for a reason and people come into your life as a reason.

The brain tumour, to me, was a gift. A gift that has empowered me to become who I am today.

All the challenges and adversities I’ve had in my life has given me the power and strength to grow into ME. Through my life journey, I am stronger physically, mentally and emotionally. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I AM ALFA because I live with a brain tumour. It is a part of me and I accept it as a part of me. I am proud to say I am a single mom to four beautiful children. I lead by example the way I would like for my children to be when faced with challenges.

Having high self-awareness, I am able to quickly overcome and concur challenges and by using these challenges as lessons for growth. I’ve been practicing freeing myself from limitations and boundaries, using challenges and pain to propel me forward and having a no excuse mindset.

I am thankful that I'm not where I used to be. I've outgrown so much and I am still learning. I've survived so much which made me stronger and more aware. I've made it this far... The best is yet to come...