A honeymoon is meant to be full of endless possibilities. For Jenny and Mark, it ended with impossible uncertainty.
The day they returned from exploring Egypt, Dubai, and the Maldives, Jenny was diagnosed with brain cancer that had spread from her lungs. The diagnosis explained an eye-twitch that developed as they travelled. “The whole honeymoon I felt tired, [had] blurry vision, and a lot of headaches,” she says. “I’m prone to migraines but this was different.”
The loving couple who were just embarking on their life together were left stunned. Along with getting married, they had recently gotten a dog, Rocky, who Mark describes as Jenny’s “little shadow.” The diagnosis was also surprising because of where the cancer originally started. Jenny explains, “I didn’t know it originated from the lungs, I don’t drink or smoke.” As with many things in life, her specific cancer type came down to chance. “It’s a mutation that is common in Asian females. The doctor said, ‘it’s just bad luck.’”
One thing that wasn’t unlucky was the timing of Jenny’s diagnosis. “My doctor said that without the treatment, I would have lived four to six weeks,” she says. After radiation and a gruelling but successful eight-hour surgery, Jenny is now being treated at The Princess Margaret. Working with Dr. Geoffrey Liu on a targeted treatment plan, she has gone from having MRIs every three months to only needing one every six months. Jenny has returned to her job with TD Bank and is back to enjoying life with Mark and Rocky.
The couple continue to support each other as they move forward, and one thing is certain: this experience has reinforced their deep bond. “Jenny is so strong, we know that this doesn’t come and go,” Mark says. “This is cancer, it may be gone but the worry is always there.” Now, they are sharing what they’ve been through to show just how much cancer patients and their families endure and remind us all of the importance of taking care of one another.