Grateful to doctors
I was recently diagnosed with and underwent treatment for a rare form of cervical cancer. Being told that you have cancer is a scary and life-changing experience.
I have been blessed with several individuals who made all of the difference in my journey. Firstly, my family doctor, Dr. Jack Kooy, who after receiving my initial biopsy results, wasted no time in getting me into a specialist. Dr. Jose Goncalves, my gynecologist, who performed my initial surgical procedure. He was extremely knowledgeable, caring and compassionate.
When the pathology showed that my first procedure did not successfully remove all of the cancer, I was quickly referred to the B.C. Cancer Agency, and the Department of Gynecological Oncology at Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Goncalves’ detailed and accurate surgical notes proved critical in the B.C. cancer team’s ability to develop a strategy for treating my disease.
And finally, Dr. Shannon Salvador from Vancouver General Hospital, she successfully performed a highly complex surgery which resulted in the successful removal of my cancer.
I would like to sincerely thank these three very special doctors for the excellent standard of care that they provided me, and most importantly giving me a second chance at life.
I would also like to thank the intercessions of St. Jude and all those individuals who offered me and my family prayers and support during this difficult time.