Author Archives: Rochelle van Halm

Happy New Year

It’s a new year and I’m getting accustomed to the idea… that it will be my last. It’s been a tumultuous last couple of months. I lost another friend to this horrid disease. Shelagh’s demise was slow and hard to witness. I … Continue reading

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Last Words for my Good Friend

I lost a friend. None of us knew it would go so fast. Even Mary Louise. She had cancer — we all have cancer — and it had progressed — as cancer does.  Over three years it had grown, then … Continue reading

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The Real Face of Cancer

Johnny was a family friend who lived on a farm in Whonnock long ago, when the rural area was far from North Vancouver, accessible by narrow country roads. On Sunday, my dad’s day off, he often helped Johnny with concrete work and … Continue reading

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Great News for Canadian Women with Advanced Ovarian Cancer

                                                                              Avastin … Continue reading

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Joining the 44%: Surviving 5 Years with Ovarian Cancer

It’s my “cancer-versary” today and I’m proud and surprised to have made it this far. Five years ago I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to Christmas. But it looks like … Continue reading

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