Happy & Cancer

Happy & Cancer

Happy & Cancer

Submitted By: Georgia Georgiou

Vicki Osborne is a bright and shining star. She has been through a long struggle and even though her diagnosis is bleak, her spirit and her heart are glowing. At the beginning of Vicki’s cancer journey she met Kristine Leach, a Nurse Practitioner on the Haematology Inpatient Unit at the Juravinski Hospital (JH). Early in Vicki’s treatment Kristine helped her find humour in her ordeal. Even when she relapsed, her earlier experiences reminded her that you need to laugh to get through it. Vicki has nothing but amazing things to say about the team at Juravinski Hospital. She trusts Kristine implicitly and has an enormous amount of respect for her. She goes on to say that, “happiness for me is being able to laugh enough that it makes you feel physically and emotionally better.” Vicki found that when you smile while talking with someone, that smile is reflected back. Recently with her relapse, Vicki has been checking things off her bucket list, including speeding in a Lamborghini, indoor sky diving, EdgeWalk and most recently a Raptors game with her husband and two sons. When Vicki was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, she made the decision to tell everyone, rather than keep it hidden and her husband believes because of that decision and the support from the community around her, she has been able to remain smiling. Kristine made such an impact on Vicki that she nominated her for the “Human Touch Award” given out by Cancer Care Ontario to “celebrate the unsung heroes on the front lines of the cancer and kidney care systems.” Vicki says another thing that keeps you going is hope. “You have to get up and find  hope and happiness. To maintain happiness you surround yourself with happy people. That’s why I knock on Kristine’s office door from time to time so that I can get a little shot of happiness.”