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AWOL over sick day

Able Seaman Carol Anne Deyoung

When navy seaman Carol Anne DeYoung joined the navy three and a half years ago, she was fulfilling a dream. All her life, the 41-year old woman has wanted to serve her country. 

She never expected her country would court martial her, but that's what happened a year ago last June. 

DeYoung was feeling ill and had discovered a worrying lump in her breast. She called in sick. The next day, she wasn't feeling any better and called in sick again.

Her commanding officer at first agreed, but then said she had to report to the Stadacona base's sickbay. 

DeYoung went to sickbay, but took two hours to get there. 

Eventually, she was charged with being AWOL for the two hours of time she took to get from her home to sickbay. 

DeYoung later found out the lump in her breast was cancerous. She's now being treated with chemotherapy. While she prepares to be court martialled. She told her story to the CBC's Rob Gordon.

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