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Don’t be afraid to get tested, says widower of popular cancer victim

Alec Bunbury is the widower of Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury.

After losing his wife and the mother of his three sons to breast cancer, Alec Bunbury aims to raise awareness and spread a simple message – abandon the fear of being diagnosed, and get tested.

Bunbury is the widowed husband of the former magistrate, Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury who died in a United Kingdom (UK) hospital one year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

He said fear of the ‘dreadful diagnosis’ was a major contributor to his wife losing her life to the disease.

“She was acquainted with her body and she felt some abnormalities which were concerning to her and she took measures to address the issue. But, somewhere in between fear and denial, I believe, kind of hampered her in terms of being more aggressive on the issue,” Bunbury told BVI News following a candlelight vigil for his wife at the weekend.

“It is important that every female is acquainted with their body and should not be afraid to have a test done,” the mourning husband said.

Before his wife’s death, Rosan-Bunbury was active in her private law practice in the territory.

She spent almost two months at two medical facilities in the UK before losing her fight with cancer late last year. Her body is still in the UK.

The Vigil

The purpose of the vigil was two-fold – remembering Rosan-Bunbury and raising funds for the BVI Cancer Society and the Sensus Health Club’s free mammogram programme.

Attendees were asked to pay an entrance fee of $25 at Saturday’s event.

The activities included a silent walk along the beach with candles and balloons, followed by a survivor story and remarks by President of the BVI Cancer Society, Gloria Fahie.

It started to rain midway through the President’s remarks so the event ended prematurely.

Event organizer and sister of deceased, Cindy Rosan-Jones was pleased with the turnout despite the inclement weather.

“I think we got a good turnout,” she said of the gathering that consisted of mostly friends and family.

“I think the weather held back the crowd a little bit but we appreciate everybody that turned out,” she added.

The ‘Light up the Night’ candlelight vigil is expected to be held annually to raise awareness of cancer.

Persons walked along the beach on Saturday in memory of Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury

Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury

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  1. E. Leonard says:

    Benjamin Franklyn is credited with the axiom: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This axiom is true in many aspects of our lives, particularly in regards to health. The comforting words from a physician that is “it is great this ailment was identified early and the prognosis is bright” rather than “why did you waited so long to seek help.” The former are sweeter and more comforting word.

    As such, residents should make routine testing, treating and monitoring a part of their health plan. . Ailments/sicknes caught early can prolong life and improve quality of life. We need to ditch the cultural norm of only seeking medical help when we are in unbearable pain or when Harold come knocking at the door. We need to pay early attention to signs. Moreover, the BVI must make healthcare accessible, available and affordable; healthcare must be right, not a privilege.

    To the maximum extent practicable, all residents must contribute to making healthcare accessible, available and affordable; healthcare is expensive so the whole community has to contribute to make it readily available. Healthcare must be top on government’s bucket list. Healthcare issues do not discriminate; it strikes locals, expats, visitors, rich, middle class, poor, Whites, Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, men, women, young, old and all social classes at some point in their lives.

  2. ReX FeRaL says:

    Worth More than

  3. Thank you says:

    Thank you sir. While I am very sorry for your loss, and your children now having to move on without their mom, I do hope that your messagage will save a life. No matter our walk or social status of life, cancer or sickness has no mercy. I also take this message for myself. No matter how much we know God or say pray or trust God, he did not make us like him and yes, no matter how strong we portray ourselves to be, there’s always that little butterfly of ‘what if. Early detection in any ailment is always a winner. Blessings and peace as you move forward.

  4. zo says:

    condolences to the family. Cancer sucks

  5. Thankful says:

    I’ve lost family members myself to cancer. They were not getting annual screening done. They eventually started feeling pain and other symptoms of this dreadful disease. I want all to know that early detection is not when pain and lumps etc are felt. This is actually detecting cancer when it is advanced and yes it is indeed scary. ANNUAL checks is the only only way to detect health issues EARLY. We also must understand that we need to revist our diet and attitude towards exercise as we have to try to remain healthy. Its a struggle and I am trying as well to take my own advice here. SMH. Thanks Sir for sharing your experience.

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