[Pt 1 of 2] It was February 4th, 2016, when my life was changed forever. This was the day I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
This was an aggressive cancer, and I had to inform my family, friends and work that I needed to be treated immediately; my oncologist explained that due to its aggressiveness, I would have two weeks to live if I did not treat it right away.
Due to this type of cancer, I was told that I could not receive the type of treatment I needed in my own community, so I was being transferred to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The Cancer Unit at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre quickly became familiar to me and became family.
I remember being so excited when I finally got the “YES” to move back home after one year in Calgary. It had been a difficult year because I was torn away from so many things. There were so many new opportunities happening for me, I thought it was going to be my year, but that drastically changed, cancer became my new world.
Through all the excitement I also felt a little scared when I was able to move back to Medicine Hat, I was afraid that I was not going to receive the same care. I knew I had to make sure I put my supports in place; I made sure I met with the clinics social worker and the patient navigator, who I am forever grateful for, as they played a major role in advocating for me. [Con't]