My name is Alina,
and this is my SBH Story.

During the winter and spring of 2017, I was having what I thought was an extremely difficult pregnancy. I was tired all the time, and having difficulty caring for my two other children. To top it off, I caught a flu that left me with a cough that would not subside. I made numerous trips to obstetrical triage and while a confirmed diagnosis was not obtained at that time, I received extraordinary care from the nurses every single time.

After my fourth trip to obstetrical triage, my obstetrician insisted that I be admitted to St. Boniface Hospital for a battery of tests, we needed to find a diagnosis.

At 32 weeks pregnant I received the worst news of my life: it was cancer.

The next two and a half weeks in hospital were a blur while I went for additional tests to confirm the type of cancer I had. My third son was delivered at 34 weeks via c-section, and was immediately admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

I will never forget the excellent care my son and I received, and the cooperation between all the departments that helped us. When the diagnosis was confirmed as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I started chemotherapy treatment. The staff at Cancercare have been compassionate, caring, and sensitive to my unusual situation.

I am still currently in treatment, and have had some hiccups requiring a few trips to emergency. Through it all, I have received the best care from all the staff at St. Boniface Hospital.

I cannot begin to thank everyone who has been involved with my care over the past few months. This journey has been made easier knowing the level of expertise, kindness, and compassion shown by the staff at St Boniface Hospital. From me, my husband and our three children, thank you for making me a priority, and giving me hope that I will see my young sons through to adulthood. At only 35 years old, I have a lot of life left to live and memories to share with my family.