Imagine the horror of being told you have cancer. Try to understand the panic that takes hold, knowing that you have to fight this horrible disease while being treated far away from your family, friends, community and home. Where do you stay? Who do you turn to for support and help? How do you afford it? For us, the answer was Tbaytel Tamarack House.
Many remember the sometimes-tense negotiations in the mid-90s between Thunder Bay and the then-Ministry of Health over how to approach a new hospital. The major difference of opinion was the Province’s plan to refurbish either McKellar Hospital or Port Arthur General Hospital, and the City’s desire to build a new hospital easily accessible from both sides of the city. Keith Jobbitt, who was then Chair of the Hospital Board, remembers it well.
In 1999, Gail Poliszczak and Dorris Rossi helped to create Thunder Bay’s first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team, the Dragons of Hope. Now, 18 years later, Poliszczak and her 24 teammates are throwing their first ‘Boobie Boogie’ to help raise funds for their team and to celebrate life, their ability to live it, and their connection to one another through breast cancer.
Rolland Manning wants to make multiple myeloma matter. He’s calling more attention to the rare form of cancer. After three years of not knowing what was wrong with his wife of 56 years, who constantly felt unwell and was in pain, Rolland found himself supporting her at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as the pain became too much.
Sandra Kuzyk isn’t letting her experience with breast cancer slow her down. Two years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after treatment she found support with the Breast Cancer Support Group and the Dragons of Hope breast cancer survivor dragon boating team. She encourages all women to be breast aware and get screened for breast cancer.
A procedure used in the Catheterization (Cath) Lab at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is helping interventional cardiologists like Dr. Andrea MacDougall assess blockages in coronary arteries more accurately.