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Robert Hughes – Grateful Patient

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is PEI’s main referral hospital and Islanders can take comfort in knowing that the medical equipment and expert staff are here for us when we need them most. I know they were for me.

I come from a large family and when my brother was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, I used that as a wake-up call. Unfortunately, diagnosis came too late for my brother Fred, but in many ways – he was my saviour.

When you hear the word cancer, your world comes crashing down around you. But when my brother was diagnosed, I decided to take action. I was a healthy 53 year old man with a wonderful wife, and two beautiful children. I wanted to do everything I could to be in their lives for as long as possible, so I went to see my doctor.

I couldn’t have imagined what would come next. You never think you’re going to hear those words – “you have cancer”. Thanks to the attentive care provided to me by QEH Urologist Dr. Michael Mulligan, my prostate cancer was detected in early stages.

Being able to receive radiation treatments minutes from my home meant that I could still live a normal life, including maintaining my full time job. With multiple scans, blood work, MRI’s and 39 rounds of radiation, my experience would have been much more difficult if I had to travel off Island for diagnosis and treatment. Yet through it all, the QEH family of medical staff including Dr. Mulligan, and QEH Oncologist Dr. Larry Pan, along with many others, made me feel like I was their only patient in the world.

I recently received the results of my first post-treatment cancer screening test and can now say, with a deep sense of gratitude, that I look forward to many more years of quality living, including being there for my first grandson who was just born at the QEH on March 29th.

I was fortunate to receive the specialized care that I required right here at home in PEI thanks to incredible donor support to the QEH Foundation. This year, the QEH/Eastlink Telethon will raise funds for priority medical equipment in areas such as urology, stroke, mental health, and pediatrics. Remaining equipment needs this year total $500,000 and in order to fulfill these needs – we need your help.

The QEH/Eastlink Telethon is an Island tradition and this year I am grateful to be sharing this tradition with my new grandson. Please support the QEH/Eastlink Telethon today by making a donation. Gifts in advance of this year’s Telethon will help to ensure that we meet the needs of our Island hospital.

Robert Hughes
Grateful Patient
Stratford, PEI