In 2006, rural British Columbian Susan Snow was given mere months to live. Today, she is cancer-free and keeping the promise she made to help others who have been given the diagnosis. “Your journey should leave a trail for others to follow,” she says. Last week ago, Susan opened the Orchard Barn Wellness Centre, a place of support and discussion for patients of all cancers.

The centre, located on her picturesque Erickson, BC cherry farm, houses literature on nutrition, cancer, and general health and wellness, including extensive materials from the CCAC and the BC Cancer Agency. The barn was transformed from a studio for Susan’s artwork to a comfortable, inviting atmosphere where patients can discuss their treatment journeys and receive crucial psychosocial support.  “Illness is a mind and body experience, and we hope to gather interest and support from both conventional and non-conventional practitioners. Conquering illness is a balance between these two.”

Susan is also one of the many dedicated members of the CCAC Cancer Coach Program, a network of trained volunteers who work to provide emotional support and help patients navigate the healthcare system. Her wellness centre has now joined the ranks of the many diverse fundraising and support projects being completed by our Cancer Coaches across Canada, including the Kick Butt fundraising run in Winnipeg or the Slo Pitch Tournament for Hope and Awareness in Edmonton.

If you would like to be put in touch with a Cancer Coach, please call us at 1-877-50-COLON or email info@colorectal-cancer.ca.. All inquiries remain confidential.

Susan invites everyone to send her a message at suesangelnetwork@hotmail.com to join their mailing list, and looks forward to announcing the formation of specific support groups in the weeks and months to come. The Orchard Barn Wellness Centre will be a beautiful place to heal!