Sarcoma Story – Yunhui Chae-Banks

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Type of Sarcoma: Leiomyosarcoma (LMS)
Date of Diagnosis: November 2023

Yunhui embodies the immigrant story of success. Moving to New Mexico from South Korea with her mother and sister in 1975, Yunhui strove to make the most of her life. After graduating from university, she moved to the New York City area. It was her dream to work on Wall Street. She did that in several different capacities over the years. Not satisfied with her achievements, Yunhui went back to school and earned a law degree. After moving to San Diego for a lifestyle change, Yunhui worked at Qualcomm, building an impressive career. After twenty years, Yunhui retired from Qualcomm in August 2023. Yet, with all of this, Yunhui is so much more than her professional achievements.

Yunhui is the mother of two children who turned out to be wonderful, caring adults. She is also my wife, who I have a love for like no other. Yunhui’s children are now young adults, who have embraced the lessons their parents taught them about love, life, and happiness. Every kid wants their parent to be “the cool parent.” Yunhui was all that, and more. Yearly trips to the Coachella Music Festival and globe-trotting adventures in Asia and Europe were the highlights. Yunhui made sure her family experienced life to the fullest. Yunhui would always say, “I want my kids to have everything that I didn’t have while growing up in Korea and here.”

Now retired, Yunhui is looking forward to spending time with her family. Especially her granddaughter, who she adores. Yunhui is also looking forward to traveling more and getting back to her other passions. The first thing, though, is to kick this cancer to the curb and recover from the treatments and therapies. It’s a long road. Like everything Yunhui has undertaken in life, she has worked to learn all she can about this disease. The goal, of course, is to be rid of it and be cancer-free. If all it took were a positive outlook and determination, she would have won the war by now.

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