With beautiful ocean and city views from her hospital room in Vancouver, Sue Folliott of Vernon’s positive outlook still shines. (Sue Folliot photo)

Army of support behind Black Press saleswoman battling cancer

GoFundMe helps empower Sue Folliott’s fight

She carries a smile that lights up any room, an infectious laugh that spreads hope and the kind of positive outlook on life that many envy.

She’s beautiful, fit, healthy, successful, a friend who would give you the shirt off her back, a loving wife and step-mom and just celebrated her 39th birthday.

And Suzanne Folliott has cancer.

It’s a surprise that the Vernon woman was alerted to just days ago – and one that no one would ever imagine for this glowing young lady.

She had been suffering from constant migraines and alarmingly low iron levels, therefore multiple blood tests were performed.

“My family doctor had some concerns with some of my results so he referred me to a hematology specialist in Kelowna,” said Folliott, a multimedia marketing specialist at The Morning Star.

See: Buddies big on Christmas bears

That led to a bone marrow biopsy on March 13 to pinpoint exactly what was happening.

“The specialist called me the next day at 5:30 p.m. and told me I had leukemia and had to get to Vernon hospital ASAP for tests and wait for an ambulance to drive me to Vancouver General Hospital where I would be treated,” said Folliott, formerly Beugeling, a Vernon Secondary grad originally from Chilliwack.

Folliott was able to convince doctors to let her take a more comfortable ride with her husband Jake and is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

She has moved into the Vancouver General Leukemia Ward, where she will stay for four weeks. And doctors have told her to prepare to stay in the Vancouver area for at least a year for outpatient treatments and follow-up appointments.

“This is the only leukemia ward in the province of B.C., so if you get diagnosed with it no matter where you live in B.C., you come here,” said Folliott, who has acute lymphocytic leukemia (otherwise known as ALL) and is undergoing chemotherapy, including a spinal tap to ensure cancer hasn’t spread to her spinal fluid or brain.

“If the chemo treatment doesn’t work, then they have to do a bone marrow transplant.”

Despite being super overwhelmed, Folliott is managing well with medications, but she is also very sore – an effect of the type of cancer.

See: Sue’s community support

She is also participating in a clinical trial, which, if chosen, she may be introduced to a newer drug.

“Same outcome either way – I will be treated of this disease.”

And in true Folliott fashion, her positive outlook shines brighter than the Vancouver sun shining through her window.

“I’m hanging in there, staying positive and taking it one day at a time,” said Folliott, acknowledging a wealth of love and support from family and friends.

Along with her parents, who are by her side as often as they can be from Vernon, Jake is her rock.

“He’s taken a few weeks of holidays but not sure the plan going forward yet. My family has found me a place to stay for when I’m outta here, and if Jake can somehow make it down long term then that is the plan. But, with so much going on it’s hard to think that far.”

To help empower her fight, and assist in the financial burden this will take on the young couple, friends have put together a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising $20,000. In just four days, the fundraiser collected more than $6,000. Donations can be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/helping-empower-her-inner-fight?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmtbnr_w&fbclid=IwAR1g5QHDQJM2x35_PMzruJwh2JTG47K9VzUgZqw4zDOZf7KcSdQ-NuJmLpw. For those without internet access, donations can also be dropped off at The Morning Star.


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Shuswap families bring home medals from Calgary karate tournament

The Summit Open Martial Arts Challenge was good to martial artists from Salmon Arm and Sicamous

Okanagan teenagers found after missing for four days

The pair, believed to be dating, had been missing since Nov. 15.

South Shuswap residents’ input wanted on proposed cannabis store

CSRD hosting Nov. 19 public meeting for retail outlet planned for Blind Bay Village Grocer property

Show will go on in honour of Shuswap musician Willy Gaw

Fundraising concert at North Shuswap Community Hall to support family

Online registration for Salmon Arm rec centre programs to begin

Fill in your account early, computer registration for programs starts 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26

Investigation ongoing after shots fired in North Okanagan

RCMP have no updates from Nov. 1 incident

Penticton artist brings joy to others through her painting

Hedy Munawych is 96 years old and just loves painting the beauty of the world around her.

Salmon Arm Silverbacks lose in Penticton, pull off overtime win against Wenatchee

Team now in second place in the BCHL Interior Division

Kamloops woman sues Armstrong IPE for Slingshot mishap

Woman claims ride gone wrong caused injury, loss of wages and other damages

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Alleged drunk driver survives crash into Kettle River

The crash happened Saturday near Grand Forks

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Sentencing scheduled Tuesday for man who killed Belgian tourist

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Sakkalis near Boston Bar

Most Read