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Fighting Cancer: The Angella Campbell Story

Posted: March 23, 2012

The following is a feature presentation on one of Irie FM’s team members and her quest to become a cancer survivor.

Being diagnosed with cancer is not a death sentence. It is a wake up call… an opportunity to re-evaluate and appreciate the finer things in life.

If over the past 11 years you came to Irie FM broadcast house in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, for instance, to collect a prize after correctly answering some trivia question, or you called Irie FM’s straight line and heard a very pleasant voice on the other end, then it means that you are already familiar with one of Irie FM’s most respected telephone operators, 49 year old Angella Campbell. 

And, like everyone here at Irie FM, you may be concerned that you have not seen her, or heard her voice in a while.

Angella is fighting cancer, and although the fight has not been easy, she remains upbeat and positive.

Statistics from the Jamaica Cancer Society indicate that about 3,200 Jamaicans, male and female, die from cancer each year.

It is possible to beat cancer, by undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, as well as abiding by a rigid healthy diet, exercise, and stress reduction.

One specific type, breast cancer, tends to affect mostly older persons, such as those over 40, but the disease can occur at any age, in males and females.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among Jamaican women.

But, it is important to remember that the disease is not a death sentence, and that early detection saves lives.

Early detection and lots of money to cover treatment and everyday living expenses. 

Survivor and fighter, Angella Campbell is confident she will beat the illness again, because this is her second battle with cancer.

Angella spends her days at home now, mostly in bed, due to her inability to move about freely.

When engrossed in conversation, Angella becomes animated, and so full of life that it is hard to recall that she is, in fact, very ill.

Three years ago, Angella was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she beat, following chemotherapy treatment at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital.

But, last year throbbing headaches and a suspicion that something was wrong, lead her to seek medical attention. This time, doctors discovered a tumour in her brain.

To make matters worse, the cancer has now spread all over her body, leaving her, most often, in severe pain.

Back in 2010, when she battled breast cancer, Angella Campbell chose not to do radiation. This time however, she needed a more immediate attack strategy.

So Angella sought medical treatment in New York, USA, where she underwent ten sessions of radiation.

With treatment going well in New York, why return home? She explains it was due to limited finances and insufficient support.

After returning to Jamaica last December, Angella began chemotherapy at a private medical centre in Ocho Rios. 

Angella has to do one treatment each month, which costs about $300,000. The treatment has to be done every month, for one year.

Aside from financial aid, Angella also gets emotional and social support, from family, friends and co-workers.

But, more help is needed. And this is where you come in. Yes, you, reading Angella’s story, becoming familiar with this woman who is determined to fight cancer with all she has, with the intention of overcoming it, once again.

We, Angella’s work family at Irie FM, have embarked on setting up the Angella Campbell Medical Fund, with an account opened at the National Commercial Bank.

Persons wishing to make a contribution, are being asked to deposit funds at any NCB branch isandwide, to account number 584296216.

Irie FM has also ventured into hosting some fundraising activities.

You are therefore, being invited to participate in a benefit show at Margaritaville in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on Friday, March 23, 2012. Admission is $500.

So come out, enjoy yourselves, and of course, contribute towards a very worthy cause.

The Irie FM family and Angella Campbell, appreciate your support.


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