This May I’m participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer to get moving and support BC Cancer patients! I'm joining others across the province to move, no matter where we are, every single day of the month.
One in two British Columbians are affected by cancer. That is why I've committed to move and raise funds for patients, survivors and those we've lost. This challenge is more than exercise, it's about a community who believe we can make an impact, even from our homes.
As a physician, one of the many challenges I regularly face is helping patients that have been diagnosed with cancer. However, most of you are not aware that I have also encountered this battle on a personal level.
Four years ago, my father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma.
This diagnosis started his crusade against this horrific disease. He endured many intense medical treatments and chemotherapy sessions which had, at first, led to the remission of his lymphoma. As life started to normalize again, my father was optimistic that the worst was behind him. However, to our unfortunate surprise, his worse fears became a reality. His cancer had returned again. This time, it meant that my father would need a bone marrow transplant – our battle was not over.
As his daughter, this was the hardest news to face and left me battling my own vast array of emotions. My father prepared to start yet another round of chemotherapy alongside his transplant protocol. I felt compelled to offer my knowledge and support as a physician – after all, I had been trained for this in school and had experienced this situation many times among my patients. However, as time and treatments went on, it became apparent to me that, above all, what my dad needed most from me at this time was my support as his daughter.
Together as a family we faced a grueling battle. Many nights of tears would soon turn into smiling days as we quickly learned that the only way to get through this was to lean on each other and stay positive.
I am proud to say that my father is now 1-year post-transplant and recovering well! He embodies my definition of resilience. I dedicate this challenge to my dad, and everyone else facing this battle, don’t lose hope! As I always say, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
As I get ready to sweat my way through May for every patient who cannot, please show your support by joining our team, making a donation, or simply cheering us along!