Nicholle Anderson declares she is cancer-free

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson talks about the personal matters that made this season so difficult and how his perspective on life and hockey were affected by it.

The Ottawa Senators may have been eliminated in the Eastern Conference Final, but goaltender Craig Anderson has received some truly incredible news in his personal life that renders any hockey result irrelevant.

Anderson’s wife Nicholle has declared she is cancer-free after a battle with the disease dating back to last October.

Nicholle posted to a personal blog to share the news, explaining her condition and thanking those who supported her during the grueling period of her life.


On May 25, 2017, I went to the doctors to hear the results of the pet scan. He informed the scans were clear, however, they saw activity on C1 and C2 (cervical spine). He was confident it wasn’t cancer/tumor, and ordered a STAT MRI on Friday to confirm the findings. The MRI showed it is a side effect to radiation in my soft tissue around the c-spine.

Now we are sending my scans and reports to Sloane Kettering to get a second opinion. Nothing better than hearing CANCER FREE two times! I will be continously monitored for the next couple of years with followed-up pet scans, ENT visits, and tests. We pray this beast doesn’t return.

I truly believe hockey helped me through all of this with the playoff run. I couldn’t have asked for a better year and memories. My advice to everyone, everyday we are given, we are blessed. Don’t put off what you can do today! Live life to the fullest because in a blink of an eye it can and will change.

A special thank you to everyone for all the support you have shown with my battle. Words cannot express my gratitude.

You can read Nicholle’s full blog post here.

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