After being admitted to the emergency room in Medicine Hat to determine why she’d been feeling so unwell, Anabell Marroquin was given a diagnosis: she had acute lymphoblastic
Anabell began her cancer treatments at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary where she received a multi-stage, intensive method of chemotherapy that uses a combination of medicines at different points in treatment. “I could not receive the type of treatment I needed in my hometown of Medicine Hat, so I was being transferred to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The medical staff were so kind, genuine and compassionate. They knew that Calgary wasn’t home for me, but made sure I felt at home. The days I was feeling really sick, they listened. There was humour involved as well. It was nice to laugh during moments I wasn’t feeling well.”
After a year, an expansion of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital added over 23,000 square metres and 40 new out-patient treatment spaces. The Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre moved into the new wing, providing expanded care and treatment for cancer patients. The newly expanded cancer centre, allowed Anabell to come back home and continue her treatment.