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Dear Editor, It is with mixed emotions and sincere appreciation that I write this letter to the Editor.  This past summer my wonderful mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was shocking news to everyone close to her. Early on, myself, husband and two children were able to spend three great weeks with mom and make it to a few doctors appointments with her. It wasn't easy hearing the news that she would need chemo and radiation.  It was even harder to leave and return home to the opposite side of the country to our home in British Columbia. What makes the separation easier for us, is that mom (Patricia) lives in a sweet little town called Laurenceton, and has made beautiful friendships since moving there many years ago.  During the last few months while under going chemotherapy, we talked on the phone a couple of times a week. Not a conversation went by without her telling me that someone in the community has dropped over a nice supper for her and Jack. For those who know mom's sweet tooth, there was usually dessert included!   A few weeks ago, when I called she was hesitant to mention that the community wanted to host a fundraiser supper for her ongoing travel expenses. She was shy and taken back by the kindness of friends and strangers. We talked and decided that her close friends and community wanted to help in some way and she should accept this generous offer of support.

Since she needed to stay mostly at home and avoid crowds at this point of her treatment, she was unable to attend this function. I am told that dozens of people (friends and strangers) came from Laurencton, Lewisporte and surrounding communities and it was a huge success. It touched my heart all the way across Canada to know that she is being supported in Newfoundland by her community. 

A week or so after that event, we talked again and she mentioned that the ladies at the local fitness club wanted to do something nice for her. They came together and collected money to help mom with her expenses. 

Not long after that, she had to travel into Mount Pearl/St. John's for another doctor’s appointment. Her sister works at Coleman's in Mount Pearl and brought her down to work one of the days she was in town. Much to her surprise, some of the employees instead of doing a gift exchange donated cash and it was presented to Mom. She was really surprised, appreciative and quite over whelmed by their generosity.  As too was I and the rest of her brothers/sisters in town. 

This cancer story does not have a sad ending. Mom is doing extremely well and just waiting for the New Year to get the next part of her treatment done and over with as we like to say. She is a strong, beautiful, funny, caring woman whom many call a true friend. She will fight this disease every step of the way and encourage all those around her to have a positive attitude, keep their head up, don't shed a tear and live life to the fullest. 

Myself, Jacque, and all her brothers and sisters would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who has supported Patricia thus far by your prayers, friendship, well wishes, emotional and financial support. As hard as it is for us not to be with her every step of the way, we know she is in good hands and this makes a world of difference to us. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years!

 

Tina Slunt

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