“The staff at the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre are basically like family to me,” says Anabell Marroquin
I had just moved back to my hometown of Medicine Hat from Calgary, and had started my dream job in community development — then that all came crashing down.
At first I thought it was just a flu, but I just kept feeling worse. It was February 4 when an oncologist came in and told me that I had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, that it was very aggressive, and that if I didn’t move forward with treatment right away, I had two weeks to live.
I started treatment the very next day. I stayed at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for a whole month. The medical staff were so kind, genuine and compassionate. They knew that Calgary wasn’t home for me, but made sure I felt at home.
After a year, I was given the okay to complete the rest of my treatment at the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre in Medicine Hat.
I didn’t know what to expect with the transition, but it was amazing. There, I had the opportunity to work with the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Navigator Program, which made sure I was receiving support.
My last day for treatment was May 9, 2018. I actually scheduled my appointment so that most of the staff I knew were working, to share that moment with them.
As of September 2018, I am in remission, working again, and that has been exciting. I had the best of both worlds being supported by the Tom Baker and Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centres.