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Finding Hope and Healing after Losing Mother to Terminal Brain Cancer – The Wasstrom Family’s Story

Lois (middle), pictured holding her grandson, Colby, alongside her daughter, Kathryn, and two sons, Eric and Steve In March 2014, after a family dinner out, Lois Wasstrom unexpectedly felt faint. Thanks to the fast action of her daughter and husband, she was taken to the hospital and underwent a CT scan. It was soon after the results came back that Lois underwent brain surgery, which found evidence of a tumour. After surgery, Lois and her family learned the devastating news that she had been diagnosed with Stage IV glioblastoma multiform – an aggressive form of brain cancer with a low...

A Legacy of Gratitude – Four-Time Cancer Survivor’s Pledge to Give Back

As someone who has been diagnosed with cancer not once, but four times, Nancy Bissonnette knows all too well the devastation cancer can have on a patient’s life. Now, she has made the ultimate pledge to give back and help others facing a similar reality. The Long Road(s) to Recovery Nancy’s cancer journey began in the year 2000 after she noticed initial signs of nausea and headaches. While home alone one evening, Nancy suffered a grand mal seizure, and soon learnt the devastating news that doctors had found a brain tumour and needed to operate. While the surgery was a success, it was only 8...

The Road(s) to Recovery - Marc Bains' Testicular Cancer Story

“It's important for me to help the community that has helped me get better. If I can help one person live a better quality of life, I will be happy.” Marc Bains was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016 at the age of 31. After learning about the disease through an awareness campaign at his cousin’s school called ‘Testicle Tuesday,’ he did a self-exam. “A few weeks passed and I noticed something abnormal. After a visit to my GP and subsequent scan it was determined I had cancer. That was my first fight – won!” Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be his only experience with the testicular cancer. “...

Art Therapy at Home - Ideas for Embracing Creativity During Uncertain Times

We are living in a very strange time right now. It is one that holds much uncertainty and, for some people, a lot of spare time. Many people—including cancer patients— are finding themselves with heightened anxiety as they navigate a world that currently contains more risks, and the new norm of physical distancing. What have you been doing with the extra time on your hands? And how have you been managing anxieties that may come up? Perhaps this could be an opportunity to try your hand at art. As an Art Therapist working at BC Cancer, my work primarily includes leading the Children’s Group (...

Be Still & Know: Libby Yu’s Story

In 2013, Libby Yu's family's life was thrown into chaos when husband and father, Clifford So, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “His diagnosis came while our children were aged 2,4 and 6,” remembers wife, Libby Yu. “I felt grief, anxiety, and a sense of losing control over any plans we held for our lives. At each stage of his cancer journey, we received and had to react to devastating news that was overwhelming as a young wife and mother.” After four years of bravely facing the disease, Cliff passed away leaving behind Libby and their three children. Throughout their harrowing journey,...

Thanks to our BC Cancer healthcare heroes

Photo courtesy of Katie Hennessy, Clinical Nurse Leader, BC Cancer - Victoria. In the wake of current events, we are more inspired than ever by the incredible healthcare heroes at BC Cancer who show up every day to treat patients and save lives in the face of unprecedented challenge. Cancer patients are incredibly vulnerable at this time and our clinicians approach each day with unwavering dedication to deliver critical care to those in need. “We remain steadfast and stand in solidarity with our healthcare colleagues across the province in our commitment to bring world-leading care to...

Diagnosed with Testicular Cancer at 19 - Ryan Steele’s Story

At just 19 years old, Ryan Steele’s young life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “I was 19 when I discovered one of my testicles was starting to feel weird and take on an odd shape,” says Ryan when recounting the symptoms before his diagnosis. “I decided to put it out of my mind for a few days before I finally paid a visit to my doctor.” After a range of blood tests, a CT scan, and an ultrasound, Ryan and his family received the news of his diagnosis. “I was obviously quite in shock but I also trusted my doctors and just wanted to immediately do whatever...

Finding Authenticity on the road to Recovery – Carly Allen’s Story

In 2014, after experiencing discomfort and pain while seated, Carly Allen was diagnosed with Stage III vulvar cancer. Upon diagnosis, Carly was immediately placed in the care of BC Cancer experts to determine a treatment plan. After a PET scan, Carly had surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes in her groin, followed by chemotherapy and 39 rounds of radiation. “My skin peeled, my hair thinned but didn’t fall out, I lost 17 lbs, nowhere near as much as I expected. My oncologist told me that was a good sign, that my body was strong and fighting. It just wasn’t the image of what I thought cancer...

Facing Colorectal Cancer with Courage at 33 – Catherine Perka’s Story

In January 2019, Catherine Perka started noticing some alarming lower digestive symptoms in the form of blood in her stool, change of bowel movement patterns and uncomfortable bloating. After several visits to her doctor, Catherine was finally referred to a Gastroenterologist for a sigmoidoscopy. “They warned me that I would not get an appointment for a long time because I am young and healthy,” says Catherine. “I was surprised that my appointment was not until that May, which meant I had to wait four months for any answers.” In the meantime, Catherine tried to put on a brave face and...

Facing Cancer, Celebrating Strength – Natalie Matko Jackson’s Story

If you’re searching for words to describe Natalie Matko Jackson, vibrant, beautiful and positive are just a few that would come to mind. Her warm smile and infectious laugh reflect the healthy and fulfilling life she is focused on leading while facing her challenging reality. After moving to Vancouver for a job in 2010, Natalie’s active life took a drastic turn after she discovered a lump in her breast. “I had taken part in a fitness challenge, which resulted in me losing body fat and my breasts shrinking.” says Natalie, “I originally just assumed that the lump was due to all the pushups...

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