Janice DESSARIO

1955-2008

After battling a reoccurrence of her breast cancer for over a year, Janice was ultimately overwhelmed by the disease and passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday morning, on October 19th, 2008. This wonderful caring person, who gave so much of herself to family and friends, will be missed forever by those who knew her. Although Janice’s life was cut short by cancer, she would encourage friends and family not to dwell on her untimely death, but to remember the good times, and to laugh about all of the fun that they had with her.

Consistent with her wishes, a celebration of Janice’s life is currently being organized by the family. It will likely occur sometime in the spring of 2009. The family has been amazed at the outpouring of condolences and support that have been sent their way by all who loved Janice. The flowers, plants, cards and food, have been a great help, along with the beautiful tributes to Janice. The family extends their deepest gratitude to all who reached out to them during this difficult time.

To Janice’s oncologist Dr. Martin, her physicians Dr. Bartel and Dr. Dueck: many thanks for the respectful care you provided. To the nursing staff of the 3rd Floor Medical Unit at Chilliwack General Hospital: you are the best! To hospital chaplain Graeme Isbister: your bedside visits were greatly appreciated. To everyone who visited Janice in hospital: she was deeply touched by your concern for her, and so happy to see you.

Janice had a capacity to find joy in the simplest aspects of life, and her willingness to give to others was boundless. Janice loved her family deeply, and that love extended to all of her friends. She leaves a family devastated by the loss of their daughter, their mother, their grandmother, their sister, their cousin, their aunt, their niece, their spouse and best friend. Time will dull the pain of her passing, and allow all who loved Janice to smile and treasure the memories of time spent with her. Her legacy to all who knew her is to always focus on the positive aspects of any situation, spread smiles and happiness to everyone you meet, and dare to care deeply for others and never hesitate to lend a helping hand.

Donations to the B.C. Cancer Foundation (to the attention of Rachel Mitchell), 13750 96th Ave, Surrey, B.C. V3V 1Z2, in memory of Janice, would support research and care at the B.C. Cancer Agency.