City councillor Terri McConnachie has been diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer. She made the announcement on her Facebook page Friday:
“The past few months have been a bit of a roller coaster,” she wrote. “Living with chronic pain for the better part of a year led to a series of tests, scans, x-rays to eventually be diagnosed with early-stage cervical cancer. Although the pain is not connected directly to the cancer, I am grateful for the warning!
“In a short amount of time, I have been to three of the four cancer centres in B.C.(Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George) for various tests and consults and I have witnessed pain, fear, hope, love and pure strength in many people. It is beyond humbling.
“I am most grateful. A cure is planned. I will receive five weeks of daily M-F external radiation coupled with low dose weekly chemotherapy in addition to three weeks of internal radiation, which is only available in Kelowna. A matter of weeks in total. Such a short time, for a long time. I began yesterday. Hair loss is not a factor, which is cool.
“The majority of women in my place continue to work and participate fully in everyday activities, albeit modified as needed. I am grateful for Kevin and my family. I am grateful for my Canadian Home Builders’ family. I am grateful to live in this time, in my community, province and in this amazing country
“I will continue to actively participate in my council duties, informed, and ready to go and am working to take a short leave from other activities, to leave time for rest and recovery.”