“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.
Kelly & Kelly Liebe
An inspirational family, dedicated to making a difference
Kelly Liebe was diagnosed with stage three triple negative breast cancer in 1997. She was treated at the Cross Cancer Institute as part of a clinical trial. In 2009, Kelly’s daughter, Chrissy, was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Like her mother, Chrissy was treated at the Cross, but on a more refined version of Kelly’s clinical trial. Sadly, Chrissy’s cancer returned in 2012 and she lost her life in December of that year.
For a family that has had to endure more cancer than any family should, Kelly was re-diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, and Kelly’s husband (also named Kelly) has recently finished treatment for stage 4 head and neck cancer, after being diagnosed in early-2018.
Through it all, the Liebe’s have never lost their determination to make a difference for others, and they have channeled their energy into raising funds and awareness for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in support of the Cross Cancer Institute.
Kelly says people assume places like the Cross are sad, but she knows care centres can be full of friendliness and laughter. “There are so many talented, professional, care-giving people. The connections that you make are the connections you carry with you.”
Thanks to the Liebe family, and Albertans like you, we are powering progress and working to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer.