I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren
This year is I am celebrating a major milestone in my life. When I was in my early 20s I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the exploratory operation one ovary was removed and I was referred to a cancer specialist at Toronto General Hospital who was running an experimental clinic.I was so afraid that I would not live to see my own 2 yr. old grow up.The preparatory tests at Princess Margaret Hospital were an eye-opener for me. For the first time I saw that the face of cancer revealed in every age, gender, race, and social class. The fear and suffering were universal. To see the children was especially heart-breaking. . Since my second surgery in the Spring of 1977, I have survived 40 years cancer-free! I always felt that somehow I had to repay this unexpected gift, so I went back to school, became a teacher, and dedicated 25 years to teaching young people. And not only did I see my son grow up to become the fine man that he is today, but I have lived to see and enjoy three wonderful grandchildren who are already learning about Terry Fox.