How Artist Kalsey Kulyk Found Her Voice – And Became A Voice For Others – While Overcoming Cancer

For country music's newcomer, the phrase "sing and be heard" has become her life's anthem and a driving factor in her career.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

I was born in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada – a small town in the middle of nowhere, with a great view of the northern lights (I highly suggest taking a trip at least once in your life to see them – they are truly magical).

From the age of three years old, I knew that I wanted to be a singer. I would tell my mom that I loved being on stage and seeing the people in the crowd smile back at me when I was performing. I guess I’ve always been kind of a people-pleaser – making people happy brings me joy.

My mom took me all over Canada from the time I was really little until I was about 18 years old, performing in competitions and talent shows just about every weekend.

When I was 17, I was struggling with the decision of chasing my dreams and doing music full time, or going to school to get a degree that would get me a “real job.”

Then, my life changed and the decision was obvious – I was diagnosed with Stage 2 B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I went through six months of chemotherapy, lost my hair and everything else I thought made me me.

But, in that experience, I saw the world from a different angle that most don’t have the opportunity to. I met incredible people that would forever stay with me in memory, understood that life really is short so you must make the most of it, and found that love and happiness truly are the most important things.

Having cancer opened my eyes to more possibilities than I would have ever imagined. I knew that I was going to do music for the rest of my life. I was going to find a way to help people with my music by giving them a voice. My slogan, “sign and be heard,” was created with my fans in mind. I want to sing their stories, connect with them and make them feel they’re not alone.

While I was in the hospital getting treatment, the nurses would always ask me to go to the other patients in my room and try to cheer them up. They said I had the best attitude and they wanted it to spread to others.

Helping people while pursuing my passion for music makes me thrive and brings me happiness. Having cancer and seeing how short life can be made me work and try harder to achieve the things I want in life.

In the end, all I really want to do is to give people the hope and understanding that, no matter what circumstances life has thrown at them, they can overcome them with grace. You can thrive in whatever environment you land in!

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...


    Alissa Musto: “Honestly, it’s all a big lie”

    by Ben Ari

    Across Stages in a Lifetime

    by Daniel Patrick Forrester

    Cameron J. Wright: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view”

    by Ben Ari
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.