The BC Support Group: Supporting One Another in So Many Ways

2021-08-07T11:30:47-04:00

Our group started over fifty years ago!  Well, not really, but... In 1966 I met Betty McPhee in Vancouver.  Three years later she was married and living in Philadelphia.  I was working on a medical team in West Africa.  It was over forty years later when we met by accident over coffee in a church in Toronto, where Betty and her husband now live.  But we had no time to visit -- I was flying back to Vancouver later that day.  We agreed to connect on Facebook.  And that’s where Betty learned later that my husband had been diagnosed with a (non-WM) [...]

The BC Support Group: Supporting One Another in So Many Ways2021-08-07T11:30:47-04:00

Betty McPhee: Providing Hope by Telling My Story

2021-07-07T18:13:36-04:00

"I was at work when my doctor called me on my cell phone.  I teach Deaf students, and I normally wouldn't answer the phone at school, but I happened to be on a spare.  She told me that she thought I had Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia which is a rare blood cancer, and when I heard that word, it really stopped me in my tracks.  You hear the word cancer, and the first thing you think is that you might not live much longer. I didn't know what to think, but I knew that I wasn't going to let it take over [...]

Betty McPhee: Providing Hope by Telling My Story2021-07-07T18:13:36-04:00

Michael Knowlton: Using the Power of Video

2021-06-26T15:38:55-04:00

Michael and his wife look to inspire all those with a cancer diagnosis.  Their production, a series of six videos, says "We CANcer-vive".

Michael Knowlton: Using the Power of Video2021-06-26T15:38:55-04:00

Raffaela Mercurio: Choose Hope!!

2021-01-22T14:53:19-05:00

Raffela urges us to Choose Hope, and reminds us that we can each make a difference.

Raffaela Mercurio: Choose Hope!!2021-01-22T14:53:19-05:00

Lucie Martineau: Journey to Stem Cell Transplant

2021-01-22T14:50:21-05:00

After her difficult journey through and beyond a stem cell transplant, Lucie writes "one must sustain belief in oneself ... the body and the mind make up a wonderful machine ... listening to them can be most instructive".

Lucie Martineau: Journey to Stem Cell Transplant2021-01-22T14:50:21-05:00

Carol Joy Patterson: Spirit of Hope

2021-01-22T14:51:53-05:00

Learning from a life "punctuated by a cascade of medical events", Carol advises that it is important to be a partner with your doctor. "It's not just about finding the right medicine; it's also about sustaining positive attitudes", she writes.

Carol Joy Patterson: Spirit of Hope2021-01-22T14:51:53-05:00

Murray Shaw: Cancer is my Hobby

2021-01-05T16:46:52-05:00

As Murray tells it, his WM "is fascinating, time-consuming and important to me, but, like all hobbies, should not become an obsession".

Murray Shaw: Cancer is my Hobby2021-01-05T16:46:52-05:00

Stu Boland: A Positive Attitude and a Healthy Lifestyle

2021-04-18T20:55:04-04:00

Stu relates his 18-year-and-counting journey with WM, and concludes: "Nothing is going to get in my way of striking things off my 'bucket list'".

Stu Boland: A Positive Attitude and a Healthy Lifestyle2021-04-18T20:55:04-04:00

Ron Ternoway: Trials of a Wallie

2021-01-27T17:34:36-05:00

Ron's story, in slides, takes him through several treatments to a clinical trial that finally provided a measure of long-term success.

Ron Ternoway: Trials of a Wallie2021-01-27T17:34:36-05:00
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