Daniel's Fight for the Cure

Daniel Tinnelly is a member of the Vancouver district and he has allowed us to share his story. Below is a message that Daniel recently posted:​​

As some of you may know I was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost five years ago. Following successful surgery and follow-up radiation treatment, I was good to go again. In February this year, following my regular check-up, I learned that I have another brain tumor. Since that diagnosis I have tried to focus more on what matters to me in life; my fiancé Holly, my family and friends, and even my work. All of which mean a great deal to me and offer me the support I need, and in many ways define who I am.

During this time I have been a regular at the B.C. Cancer Agency. All the staff have been amazing and have offered me all the support I could ever want from them.

As I sat in the waiting room yesterday for my radiation treatment, I looked around me. I realised that I was surrounded by people connected by cancer, be they patients, friends or family, doctors or nurses. They all had to face dealing with cancer on a daily basis.

The strange thing is even in this setting the word cancer is rarely used. The word cancer is a taboo word. No one likes saying it. No one likes hearing it. I guess it reminds us of our own mortality, something we would all like to forget about. Yet, most of us will be one of those people sitting in that waiting room at one point in our lives.

So why am I telling you all this? Well, two reasons.

Firstly, following my diagnosis I only told a few people about my cancer. I thought it better to act like it was just another bump on the road, something to be dealt with and moved on from as quickly as I could. The reason for this was I was afraid of what people would think of me.

Would they pity me? I don't want, nor need pity.

What would the word mean to them? Am I telling them I'm going to die? No, of course not.

And that's the thing. CANCER is not another word for death. Cancer is part of life. People live WITH cancer everyday. Whether it is curable or not, cancer is much more than the destination. Cancer is a journey. While the journey is different for every person, there are similarities. Same fears, same emotions, same need for support. The word cancer should not be something to be whispered. No one should feel the need to refer to it as anything else other than cancer. The word itself is nothing to fear. And with the support of those you care about, neither is the journey.

Secondly, I am running in the BMO marathon in less than two days. I hadn't given much thought about raising money with my run and given that it is in less than two days away, I doubt it would amount to too much in any case. However, looking around that waiting room today made me feel guilty for not at least trying. Why run for just myself? Kinda selfish, right?

So with that I have set up a page for people to donate, only if and what you can. Or if you prefer donate to a charity that means something to you, I would urge you to.

The money donated helps provide the support that many of us in that waiting room find ourselves relying on. Now if you'll excuse me I think I'll just go back to living with cancer ;)



Daniel Tinnelly, P.Eng.
Project Coordinator​ 

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