A Canadian woman who struggled to pay off her cancer treatment has lucked out a substantial lottery win.
Newfoundland’s Diane Bishop is going to retire with $1.5 million and focus on her treatment and recovery from battling Stage 4 breast cancer since April of 2016.
Having made news in the province last October, people have been raising funds to help.
Diane bought the lucky ticket at a convenience store where she works and owns as a franchisee.
She said she ‘doesn’t know why she bought it’ and just purchased it on a whim.
She has since used the winnings to buy herself a recliner and a new bed, which is helping her ease her discomfort and pain that comes with her illness.
“This money wasn’t about going out and buying a new house or taking trips,” Bishop told CBC News. “This was about survival. I can survive now, and my kids can survive.“
She plans to take part in promising clinical trials for a new cancer treatment as well as pay off hers and her son’s mortgage.
On top of her newfound financial freedom, her doctors say that Diane is now responding very well to her chemotherapy. The cancerous tumors, that before were not responding to treatment, began shrinking in size.
“These two miracles are the power of prayer,” Bishop said, “I know the cancer is incurable but I can now turn my attention to fighting it full time.“
Ms Bishop also intends to donate some of her earning to a facility that houses cancer patients who travel to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital, for medical care.
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