I was first diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia in 2004 with chemo treatments completed in 2005, 2010 & 2018. Scary when first diagnosed, as my wife had just had a heart attack (age 49) and my employer of 25 years, laid me off 3 months after my first treatment. We had started our family late in life, thus my daughter was still in high school. So many unknowns when you first hear you have "cancer". But treatments were completed quickly and staff at the cancer clinic we're always upbeat, which certainly helped.
Having gone through being diagnosed and a round of chemo, I remember how scary the whole process can be. This is what first motivated me to volunteer. I have volunteered at the London Regional Cancer Program for 12 years, presently in New Patient Orientation. Connecting with the people, is what keeps me coming back every week.
Though it's with the LRCP, rather than LLSC, my most memorable experiences, are when patients return for a yearly checkup and tell me how they still remember my big smile when they came in that first day.
The smiles, the thank you, the hugs...it well worth your time!