A letter from grateful patient, Marie Tary:
If there is one positive thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis we are all struggling through, it’s that people are more aware than ever of how much we all need to care for each other. And how much we value the people we love.
I'm writing today to say ‘thank you.’ Because as a supporter of Langley Memorial Hospital, you are one of those people who care about your neighbours.
And in all honesty, you helped save my life.
When Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation told me they’re raising money to buy essential equipment to care for women like me, I jumped at the chance to help.
Please take a moment to read about what I went through. I hope my story inspires you to make a donation to Langley Memorial Hospital today. In addition to your gift, please also tell the women in your life to listen to their bodies – and speak up if something doesn’t seem right. It may just save their life.
My story actually started years ago. I lived with symptoms of a serious issue for years, without realizing they were more than “part of being a woman.” For months I had severe pelvic pain, periods so heavy they left me anemic, and frequent, severe yeast infections.
I know – those are things people don’t often talk about. But that “hush hush” tradition nearly killed me. And I don’t want it to kill anyone you love.
My family doctor referred me to Dr. Ruth Abrahams, who worked with Dr. Elaine Mah, an obstetrician, gynecologist and surgeon at Langley Memorial. They sent me for an ultrasound and discovered a huge – 15 cm–fibroid attached to my uterus.
Shortly after that, I ended up in hospital with extreme pain and blood pressure so low I almost fainted. The fibroid had become so big that it was starting to break down, releasing poisonous toxins into my body.
Dr. Mah and Dr. Abrahams operated on me - and did an amazing job. In fact, all of the staff at Langley Memorial were amazing – everything was clearly explained to me and they were so supportive.
Now the hospital is urgently trying to raise money to purchase better equipment for surgeries like mine. They need a number of different scopes called “hysteroscopes” – including one used for tissue removal and one that helps doctors do less invasive surgeries on fibroids and also on cancer patients. They also need a new MRI table in the MRI suite that donors like you kindly supported. This will be used to screen women for breast cancer.
The scopes range in price from $5,600 to $12,600. The MRI table is $150,000. I know these sound like large sums, but if we all join together, our gifts really will add up to raise the money the hospital needs. Any donation you can give today will definitely help.
With Langley’s growing population, there will be more and more people relying on the excellent medical teams at Langley Hospital to help them in times of crisis. You and I can do our part by making sure the doctors and nurses have the very best equipment they need to do their jobs.
Thank you for being a caring member of this community. Thank you for reading my story. I hope I can count on you to make a donation today. Your support truly means the world to patients like me.
P.S. As Mother’s Day approaches, I think about all the Moms and Grandmothers who mean so much to all of us. Right now, as we battle this crisis together, Langley Memorial will be there for them. And after we’ve defeated this virus, our incredible doctors and nurses will still be there to care for them, whenever they may need it. Please support your hospital today, with any gift you can. Thank you.