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About Me / Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Live passionately, with integrity, and no regrets.

I’m not entirely sure where that quote comes from, but about 5 years ago I found it written on a yellow post-it note in my Dad’s handwriting. Since then, these are words that I live by.

Who am I?

First and foremost, I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare…. oh wait no, that’s Simple Plan. My name is Darya! I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. In August 2014, I took the plunge and moved across the world the Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to purse a Masters Degree. I love to write. I love pizza, donuts, and anything purple. I am a cancer survivor.

tropical selfie

What can I say, I can’t pass up a good Snapchat filter!

Life after Leukemia

In September 2015, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). This is a blood cancer, but in my house we call it the C word. I had recently been proposed to (and accepted!) by the love of my life, and celebrating the beginning of my second year in Amsterdam. I wasn’t going to let my diagnosis define me or change the course of my life more than it had to. I chose to seek treatment in Amsterdam. Two weeks later, my sister/bestie moved across the world to be with me. In October 2015 we found out that I would need a stem cell transplantation, and after some testing, found out that she was a perfect match for me. I underwent my stem cell transplantation on December 10, 2015. There is so much more to this story, and I promise that I will share it soon. Be patient.

Aspiring writer

I’m currently on an incredible life journey, preparing to tackle a very large writing project. In the month of November, I will be embarking on a NaNoWriMo challenge. If you don’t know what that is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Long story short, the goal of this challenge is to write 50,000 words over the course of 30 days. I’m currently in the planning process and look forward to sharing my experience as I move forward.


Another semester off before I can return to my studies at the University of Amsterdam. Until then, I’ve enrolled myself in a course through The New York Code + Design Academy, here in Amsterdam. It’s a part-time evening course that will teach me enough to be able to add front-end web developer to my skillset! How cool is that?

I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you!

Is there anything you’d like to see on the site? Leave a comment or shoot me an email: darya@daryawrites.com

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