SANDS, Tanya Dawn
Tanya Dawn Sands, 41, passed peacefully away on July 10, 2015, at the QEII while holding the hand of her best friend and the love of her life. Born on November 14, 1973, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she moved to P.E.I. at a young age. There she lived for many years, before returning to the province of her birth. Tanya’s limitless spirit, optimism and determination helped her overcome a multitude of obstacles. She struggled without fear or regret, and showed incredible strength and optimism. Her last stroke occurred mere days before she was to achieve her goal of her own house. Ultimately, she was not able to survive this last event. Passionate about her pets, camping, and her family, her impish grin and laughing eyes will be forever engraved in all of our hearts. She is sadly missed by the love of her life, Alexander Chisholm; her much loved daughter, Paige McEwen; her dad, Rod (Pat) Sands; her mom, Dorothy Allen; her brother, Richard Sands (Andrea Stewart); her sisters, Tammy Sands, Christina Sands (Paul Shulba); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandmother, and Alex’s family, that she adored. Many people supported Tanya and Alex during her last illness, and special thanks goes to all, especially to Lacey Lescaudron and Robert Short. Also a special note of thanks to Myrna and Walter McEwen for their support and assistance for Paige. A very special thank you to the specialists, doctors, nurses of the ICU and ICMU units of the QEII. The care that Tanya received and support to her family was incredible and very appreciated. Donations may be made in her name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation. Tanya’s wish for cremation has been fulfilled and a memorial to celebrate her life will take place at a later date. Information on this event will be available on https://rememberingtanya.wordpress.com. Messages of condolences may be posted there as well. Those that love her and knew her, carry her everywhere. She will find us and let us know she is there in the quiet peaceful moments for the rest of our lives. When it is our turn to leave she will greet us with her smile and a hug and we will once again be home.