Pressing the pause button

From the Editor’s Desk

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

My daughter Tessa and I take a selfie together in our backyard at home in Fort McMurray on July 14. Supplied photo

My daughter Tessa and I take a selfie together in our backyard at home in Fort McMurray on July 14. Supplied photo

Like many of our readers, I have been struggling to get back into the swing of things after the fire. And, trying to return to normal life ‘before the evacuation’ has proved to be a struggle for my family and myself.

On July 14, my 23-month-old daughter Tessa’s lung collapsed… It’s what forecasted her unforeseeable life-threatening journey.

Shortly after, she was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood lung cancer, medically known as pleuropulmonary blastoma, on August 18.

The past four months have been most challenging as I have been traveling back and forth with my daughter to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton for her surgeries and chemotherapy treatments. In some emergency cases, we have also spent many nights at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.

 

So, the time has come to put pen to paper. I have made the difficult – but important – decision to step down from my position as managing editor.

I cannot thank my publisher Tim O’Rourke enough for his continued mentorship through our most difficult time, and for also introducing me to the Fort McMurray media industry when I first moved here in 2007.

Through the Connect publication, we have collaborated together to bring a community weekly paper I felt was most deserving for our residents. I could not have done it on my own.

To all my community colleagues, I thank you for the partnerships and contributions. We are better working together as one, and I’m happy we were able to find the balance within all industries.

Though I’m ‘pushing pause’ at this time, I do look forward to continue sharing the stories of our courageous and inspirational Wood Buffalo region in the future.

For now, my head and heart are 100 per cent with my loving husband, two brave boys and my youngest, toughest baby girl.

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