In June 2023, Kelowna wife and mom of three Trixie Sylvester discovered she had breast cancer after a regularly scheduled mammogram. The cancer was deep inside her body, and could not be felt externally – her diagnosis came as a complete shock. Trixie was scheduled for a partial mastectomy in August. She had never had surgery before, and didn’t know what to expect.
Through her breast cancer journey, she learned that even the most stressful and frightening situations have a silver lining. Her silver lining came in the form of an outpouring of love and compassion, not only from her family and friends, but also from every doctor, nurse and health-care professional she met at Kelowna General Hospital.
Wanting to share her story with as many people as possible, she sent a message to Interior Health. “Even if I can help just one person going through what I am, that would mean so much to me,” she said.
This is her story.