Valentine's Day at the Cancer Centre


Lorraine and Gerry Robbins have been together for 45 years. Over the past 12 months their union has only strengthened following Lorraine’s cancer diagnosis. 

It has not been an easy road. 

Lorraine was diagnosed with sarcoma in early 2017. This past October she had major surgery to remove the tumour. The 10.5 hour procedure involved removing the right side of her jaw. A multi-disciplinary team with The Princess Margaret then used the bone in her leg to rebuild her jaw. 

The recovery has been tough. Lorraine is doing better thanks to the love and support from her family and friends.

“My former colleagues at Air Canada have been so supportive. My family, too. My son-in-law’s mother even shaved her head to show her solidarity,” says Lorraine. 

Her cancer journey is still not complete. Lorraine is currently half-way through her chemotherapy treatments, and hopes to be all done by the end of April. 

On February 14, Lorraine and Gerry will be together, as always. They’ll spend the day at the Cancer Centre for follow up CT scans. Not a typical romantic date. But good news is what the Robbins hope to hear this Valentine’s Day. 

“Cancer takes such a toll on you. I couldn’t have done this without Gerry,” says Lorraine. “We started dating in October 1973, and got married 7 years later. We are still going strong.” 

Read about how Lorraine’s jaw was rebuilt in the Guided Therapeutics Operating Room (GTxOR).