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Finding Hope and Healing Against All Odds - Linda Bui’s Story

In July 2019 at age 33, Linda Bui’s world was changed when she received a shocking diagnosis - she had Panniculitis-like Subcutaneous T-cell Lymphoma. She lived in denial of the news for a few weeks until she began to feel ill and ended up in the ER, where she learned she had Stage 4B lymphoma. Her disease, she was told, was very advanced and aggressive, and she would progressively get sicker. Linda needed chemo right away, with no time to lose. Linda began her chemo treatment on August 19 and experienced an adverse reaction. She was rushed to the hospital, where she experienced delusions and...

Moving Forward on the Road to Healing – Jessica Deitcher’s Story

In 2019 while waiting to board a flight at the airport with her husband and one-year-old son, Jessica Deitcher found herself in the bathroom passing massive blood clots. Sensing something was terribly wrong, the family returned home and Jessica was admitted to Vancouver General. It was then when she first heard the words from her nurse, “I think it’s cancer.” Within days, Jessica was referred to BC Cancer – Vancouver where tests confirmed she was suffering with Stage IIB cervical cancer. Upon further investigation by her oncologists, Jessica’s cervix was discovered to be three times its...

A Legacy of Friendship & Impact - Patty Pitts' Story

Sarah Roth An open letter from Sarah Roth, President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation Cancer impacts one in two British Columbians. As pervasive as this disease is, facing cancer is deeply personal. At the BC Cancer Foundation, we partner with individuals across B.C. who are compelled to save lives by leaving a meaningful legacy. One inspiring example is Patty Pitts, who became a BC Cancer Foundation donor after the devastating loss of two close friends, Carol Lalonde and Marlene Palmer, to ovarian cancer. Patty met Marlene in 1980 when they were both young reporters at CHEK TV and Carol...

A Vow to Change the Story for Patients like Hardeep Sidhu

Hardeep (R), pictured with her husband, Herdeep and daughters, Yasmin (L) and Simran (R). As a registered nurse for over 25 years, wife and mom of two, Hardeep Sidhu dedicated her life to caring for others. Sadly, nothing could have prepared the family for the devastation that came after Hardeep discovered a lump in her chest that doctors later diagnosed as metaplastic carcinoma – a very rare breast cancer subtype affecting less than 1% of diagnosed cases. “When my mom was diagnosed on January 24, 2020, our lives felt like they had been turned upside down,” remembers her daughter, Simran. “...

An open letter of thanks to British Columbians from BC Cancer Foundation CEO, Sarah Roth

Sarah Roth, BC Cancer Foundation President & CEO Our health has never been so prominent in our collective thoughts. Notably, the shared and constant threat it’s been under. The parallels of fear, protectionism, feeling lost in the unknown, balancing hope and risk, and the realization of how we want to spend our precious time are factors cancer patients face day after day. Through the pandemic, many cancer patients have had to face much of their experience with a dramatically reduced support network, for their own safety, minimizing exposure and risk. These impacts are not lost on us or...

Navigating Life after Cervical Cancer - Kristen Hovet's STory

When then 34-year-old New Westminster resident Kristen Hovet started to experience discomfort in her pelvic region, she was quick to visit her doctor to determine any underlying causes. After a series of tests, including a pap smear and tissue sampling through BC Cancer, Kristen was given the devastating diagnosis of cervical cancer that would require a radical hysterectomy. In the days following surgery, Kristen suffered sepsis along with the news that her surgical margins weren't clear enough — meaning the cancer could have spread. Faced with a new treatment direction that would see...

A Pledge for Pediatric Cancer Outcomes in BC

Theo Lazaridis at BC Children’s Hospital For the BC families who have experienced the heartbreak of a childhood cancer, hope is now on the horizon thanks to a research partnership between BC Children’s Hospital and BC Cancer that is designed to improve outcomes for children with pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (pAML). Known as one of the most serious and hard-to-treat forms of childhood cancer, children with pAML have low survival rates, and face a high risk of reoccurrence and medical issues later in life due to treatment. “Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the second most common type of...

Tips for Losing the Booze but Keeping the Fun

Evelyn Wu, BC Cancer Clinical Dietician Lose the Booze is officially underway for the month of January! If you’re someone who enjoys the occasional cocktail, beer or glass of wine during the week, this thought of making it to the end of the month sober may feel like a massive feat. We sat down with BC Cancer ’s in-house Clinical Dietitian, Evelyn Wu for some helpful tips on drinks that will help you reach the finish line during this January's Lose The Booze campaign! The benefits of reducing alcohol consumption According to Evelyn, alcohol is a depressant drug that can slow down the parts of...

Cervical Cancer at 29 - Amin Jaswal's Story

After months of severe pain and increasing symptoms, then 29-year-old Amin Jaswal was diagnosed in June 2019 with Stage IIB glandular adenocarcinoma of the cervix (cervical cancer). Like many gynecological cancers, Amin’s was not detectable through a pap test or blood work and was ultimately identified through a vaginal ultrasound followed by a biopsy. “My first instinct when I was diagnosed was feeling of relief,” remembers Amin. “I knew something was deeply wrong for months and finally someone was validating my feelings and my pain and telling me I wasn’t crazy. The relief was also...

Lighting the path forward for lymphoma cancer - The Panusas' Story - Make a Will Week

Angela Panusa first met her Italian husband, Giovanni (John), during her work as an interpreter in China. Their connection was undeniable and, despite their different backgrounds, they ended up marrying in 1999. “John was really my first love,” remembers Angela. “The thought of me moving away from my home in China to start a life with John seemed incomprehensible in the beginning, but after spending so much time together, we eventually grew to a point where we never wanted to be apart.” ​ Yin and Yang garden that Angela and John built together at their Tsawwassen home before his diagnosis In...

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