SAMPSON, Sarah Catherine
I, Charles Sampson, husband of the late Sarah (Sally) Catherine nee Farrel who passed away May 1, 2017, am taking this opportunity to try to express what words are inadequate to do of how valuable my wife’s life and her love was to our family for 48 years.
Born December 4, 1943, Sally was the second youngest in a family of 12 children of the late John and Sadie Farrell of Sydney Forks. Sally’s early family rearing from her parents was the major moulding factor to her sound character development that she transferred in her approach to her own family. Although she didn’t get the opportunity for a college or university degree, that didn’t prevent her from self-educating herself as she attended to being the responsible CEO of her well-run household. She gave birth to two boys: Glen and our special child Scott, for which she deserves most of the credit for how well both were reared. Glen lives in Vancouver with his wife Catherine Syms and their two boys, Benjamin and Maxwell.
Sally most of the time was a gentle person but on a few occasions would demonstrate her mother’s protective devotion to her children that would not shy away from even challenging people in authority. One such incident involved the head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the IWK Hospital who was in the process of chastising some young medical doctor interns for not mentioning Scott as a Downs individual by informing him that one of his colleagues, who also at that time was a practising orthopaedic surgeon, didn’t recognize Scott’s developing and crippling arthritis, which within a relatively short time period had progressed to destroying his important joints. That doctor reported to our family doctor that any arthritis claimed by his parents was all in the parents’ heads.
But Sally’s real strength of character, dignity and courage was manifested in her struggles with a number of medical afflictions throughout her life: rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, hip surgery and finally as a non-smoker 4th stage lung cancer while always foremost in her thoughts was the concern for her son Scott.
There is some medical reporting that suggests her long time use of methotrexate for her arthritis may have contributed to her later lung cancer, because even a radon testing of our home proved not to be a problem.
Doctors gave her two weeks to two months to live in late 2015 and were not too enthusiastically suggesting treatment. She was reminded by one doctor that she was not a young women and repeatedly told her cancer was not curable. I, not Sally, would usually confront that practitioner over his unacceptable and unwanted bedside manner.
Not willing to give up, Sally sought the provided chemo and radiation treatments while also eventually later acquiring medical marijuana from a doctor also interested in her quality of life. It helped to ease her arthritis pain and swelling. She was very appreciative of the efforts of Dr. John Ritter and his very supportive and capable nurse Wendy Simpson.
Unfortunately, however, the marijuana oil being supplied under the government’s medical marijuana policy is not to the strength that some knowledgeable advocates suggest is necessary for having the chance to possibly achieving the best medical outcomes in fighting cancer. The regulation and use of medical marijuana is intentionally being manipulated to ensure vested interests are protected regardless if the medication prescribed and sold and taxed to patients is inadequate for achieving that patient’s best possible medical outcome.
Although medical treatment for cancer has reportedly had some remarkable results in triggering an individual patient’s immune system, the costs of such drugs are prohibitive for most patients as the interests of pharmaceuticals and its shareholders are still the foremost consideration of our authorities.
Under such an environment, my wife lost her battle with cancer on May 1, 2017.
Future arrangements to celebrate her life will be left until summer time.