Lyne & Jolee

Jolee’s mother, Lyne, describes her daughter’s story:

Our story begins in February 2003 when Jolee, just 15 months old at the time, had a bad cold and later developed a fever. As a mom, you try your best to watch over your children, so I decided to take her back to our family doctor who sent her for a chest X-ray. It turned out after further testing and a transfer to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, that Jolee had a neuroblastoma (a tumor located in the thoracic area). It was removed during a 5 hour-long surgery just 3 weeks later. We went back home with the understanding that her follow up visits would be critical in maintaining her health.

We had to travel often to the IWK. Her sister, Alana, was 3 years old at the time and had to live through the numerous trips of her little sister going to the hospital to get better. In 2010, which was Jolee’s last routine check-up at the IWK, she was finally sent home for good. Everybody was pleased that we had made it through this ordeal. Unfortunately in February 2012, Jolee had been suffering from a sore back for about 3 weeks when she was transferred again to the IWK. She was then diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It seemed so unfair to have her, now at age 10, go through rounds of chemotherapy, which she didn’t have to have the first time around. The fact that she is back at the IWK is a relief because we know that it is the best place to be in this situation.

Our home is in Belledune NB, which is a 5 1/2 hour drive to Halifax every time. Her treatments are going very well so far and I am very confident that she will bounce back like she did the first time around. The help provided by Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care Program means that through all of this turmoil, you are getting help with the cost of it all.  Whether it is the first history of cancer or the second one, we are very familiar with the multiple trips that are involved, so to have help from a program like this one means a lot to us!