Your Life After Cancer Committee

Eight individuals formed the Your Life After Cancer advisory committee. This committee provided invaluable feedback on the direction of this program; they helped to assure that resources were available in accessible formats, and used their personal experience to guide development of material. Their wealth of knowledge about blood cancer survivorship was integral to the development of this program.

 

Life After Cancer Committee Members

Haley

Haley

Haley Zora lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia after moving there with her husband, Fabian, from Regina, Saskatchewan. She finished chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma five years ago on July 27th, 2015. Haley was motivated to join the Advisory Committee to help other people such as herself who didn’t always fit the “cancer patient” mold and could use some more representation.

Jeannette

Jeannette

Jeannette Castillo was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) with a Ph+ chromosome subtype and treated in Calgary, AB. She is 13 years post-transplant and currently on maintenance chemotherapy. Jeannette joined the Your Life After Cancer Advisory Committee to make a positive impact for people who are newly diagnosed and families touched by a blood cancer.

Mayra

Mayra

Mayra Husic was diagnosed with stage IV Follicular Lymphoma back in 2011 and currently resides in the suburbs of Montreal. Her blood cancer experience consisted of a lengthy treatment, lung surgery, a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, and a second round in ‘watch-and-wait’, which is where she remains today. She wanted to join the Advisory Committee given she felt there wasn’t any support available for patients who w...

Edmond

Edmond

Edmond Chan is from Burnaby, B.C. He is the caregiver to his wife who was diagnosed with AML in 2003 and then MDS (or pre-leukemia) in 2012. Her current active treatment is Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) to manage the Graft VS Host Disease from her most recent of two bone marrow transplants that was done in 2014. Edmond joined the Your Life After Cancer Advisory Committee because he wishes to help others know t...

Keith

Keith

Keith studied at the University of British Columbia, Cambridge University and Sheffield University. He has worked as a police officer in London, UK and Vancouver, Canada, as well as in research, planning and senior management with a major police service, the Justice Institute of BC and Canada Post, Ottawa. He has served on several boards and committees and is currently partner in an international consulting firm spec...

Luc

Luc is a caregiver to his wife, who lives with small cell lymphocytic leukemia, a chronic leukemia similar to CLL. Luc and his wife live in Calgary, Alberta where she is part of a 14-month clinical trial. Luc joined the Your Life After Cancer Advisory Committee to share his experience with others, he hopes to help others who care for a person with a blood cancer.

Aviva

Aviva Rubin is a Toronto-based freelance writer of essay, memoir, social commentary and fiction. She was diagnosed with marginal zone lymphoma in 2016 and treated at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she continues to be monitored every six months. Aviva has been a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Odette for four years. She believes that patient and caregiv...

Samantha

Samantha Redsky is from Calgary, Alberta. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2008. She is currently entering her 12th year in remission. Samantha wanted to join the advisory committee because when she was newly in remission, she had no real place to turn to for advice to live her life again. She wanted to be able to give others the opportunity to feel less alone.