For two months, Rhoda DeLuca and her 12-year-old son lived out of a passenger train at Kelowna camp camp while she was getting radical cure for a & # 39; breast cancer treatment.
The Osmer woman had not recently donated a double mastectomy to remove two collar trimmings from her rightbone and then rebuild her surgery.
However, there were no relatives or family in Kelowna and a man who was working away in Fort McMurray, DeLuca was left to drive to the hospital, wash their clothes at Laundromat and try to keep her son Tanner over a summer, and her fight against radical cure antibodies.
The Rhoda family was in six hundred kilometers away, in a Calcar, Alta. She needed so much time.
The 48-year-old has now been pardoned and although he has been close to a year since she got her final job in Kelowna, her eyes still have a & # 39; filled with tears when she remembers the ordeal.
Rhoda is one of the numbers of people who are growing over the Kootenays have been rejected in Alberta's health services despite its close proximity to the. B.C.-Alberta border. Hosmer is just three hours away from a distance compared to the 7 hour trip to Okanagan.
"They asked me diligently, I was crying because they wanted me to go to Kelowna and not to Calgary," she said.
"I said this is the struggle now in my life and my family is that I can stay together in Calgary, and my husband can stay with them there …" Indeed, no, no not tell me and I said & # 39; why, what is this problem? ""
According to the doctor Rhoda in Cranbrook, Alberta did not B.C. patient because resources "went over".
"Needing to make use of the resources within British Columbia," she said.
So Rhoda's two years began when she was traveling to and from Kelowna, eight hours; disappeared through dangerous mountain paths, which meant he was far away from his home and relatives.
"I did not see my son for 16 days when I was getting a double mastectomy because he had to stay here in Fernie, there was no one for us to move back and out," she said.
"Not just to go back and out, it's also a feeling and what you put forward without a family to be around you, and in particular to be from the culture of the First Nations where your family is all.
"I can not think of what some of those people need to go through and I'm just happy that I'm over, and I did what I needed to do. Most of all, I was very advanced about it and tried to make a positive situation on my behalf for my spouse and my son.
"It's a hard thing for everyone. I thought we were all just Canada, I did not think there was a border case to do it; I got cancer. "
To attack injuries, Rhoda learned that Cranbrook hospital staff were diagnosed with the level one disease; get treatment in Calgary.
It is also checked by the Canadian Tax Services after applying for some of the traveling expenses incurred during illness.
Out of the $ 20,000 the family spent hotels, gas, eating out and parking, they got $ 3500 back through income tax.
Fortunately, Rhoda kept detailed records and receipts, but she still needs to receive letters from her medical team.
"It's like a sword with two sides," she said beautifully.
"You're crying, you're carrying, you're going to go to Calgary, they're like, he did not forget it and so you will go to Kelowna and then the Government will come after you check that your boobs have been cut off and that they have to go there for the cure. "
More patients find themselves in the Rhoda situation and describe Kelowna or Vancouver instead of Calgary.
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka's office has been involved with regional concerns and asks more people to proceed with their qualifications because he works with the Ministry of Health to solve the problem.
As a tightening of Tuesday, the Ministry had not yet responded The Free Press& # 39; Request for comment.
Fear of Rhoda, if a problem is not found suddenly, people begin to take emergency steps.
"If I had gone across to Alberta and saying that I was not a good feeling, can you run tests and see what's going to They could find my breast cancer, and maybe I went to Calgary, "she said.
"That's what's going on to happen; people going to start trying to find out about the system and then hitting it. It is an honest and honest person I do not do that, but now I look at it and see what people are passing through and experiencing on what I've gone through, it's almost no human being and that's not fair. "
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