Stories of Inspiration

Stories of Inspiration2021-08-07T15:36:40-04:00

Click on the photos to read inspiring stories from some of our members.

Carol Joy Patterson: Spirit of Hope

December 30th, 2020|

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.

Betty McPhee: Providing Hope by Telling My Story

July 7th, 2021|

Betty McPhee (1945-2023) The WMFC is sad to note the passing of Betty McPhee, the vice-Chair of the Board of the WMFC.  Betty McPhee has played many roles in making the WMFC what it is today.  She has served as a Vice Chair of the Board and as Chair [...]

Lucie Martineau: Journey to Stem Cell Transplant

December 30th, 2020|

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".

Michael Knowlton: Videos of Inspiration, Videos of Truth

January 2nd, 2021|

An update from Michael Knowlton.  He has recently (Dec., 2021) published two new videos: You Can't Have the Highs Without the Lows, and Navigating The Journey Of Illness.   Check out his entire series, documenting his journey with WM, his sources of inspiration, and the truths he lives with: "We [...]

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

August 7th, 2021|

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 [...]

The Québec Support Group: The Sharing of Difficulties and Successes

November 13th, 2022|

A History of the Québec Support Group By Danielle Gagnon, Montreal Support Group co-leader and caregiver We first heard of Waldenstrom’s when my husband, Robert Perrault, was diagnosed in August 2019.  It is always a shock when you hear the word cancer.  We started looking on the web [...]

Finding courage and calm in the face of cancer’s uncertainty

October 2nd, 2022|

As we know, every WMer is unique.  Equally unique is the impact the disease has on their family and loved ones.  In September, 2022, Maclean's published this look at two WM diagnoses, and the impact on their families. See

Ron Ternoway: 15 Years a Wallie

December 30th, 2020|

Besides being a Support Group Leader for the Atlantic Support Group, Ron Ternoway has led the way in multiple clinical trials.  In 2021, he recorded this 15-minute podcast about WM and his journey with it, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.  "It was such a treat to do [...]


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