Meet Susan Hale – a vibrant, bubbly 72 year old with an irresistible smile and laugh who lives life to the fullest.
Just 12 months ago, Sue was diagnosed with lung, liver and bone cancer with a prognosis of just three to six months. Determined to win the fight for as long as she can, Sue with the wonderful support of her husband of 51 years, Barry, has ticked most items off her bucket list and held a birthday event last November for all her three children, eight grandchildren and many friends. Sue is determined to make a holiday with friends in September followed by a family wedding in February.
“It was a blur being diagnosed and it blindsided my family and I. But the staff and volunteers here at Blacktown have made the process easier to deal with.”
Sue and Barry visit the Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre every fortnight for infusion treatments. This takes a physical and mental toll, but as soon as Sue walks into the centre, her vibrant zest for life encourages and inspires all the other patients and carers to keep pushing through. Having been through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments and now infusions, Sue is determined to overcome the pain as much as possible and keep smiling.
“The strain on my immediate family has been horrendous so we try and share the appointments and our network of good friends helps us too. I have my days – I go into the bathroom and have a cry. I don’t want to go but I’ve give it a good dash until I do. I’m on limited time and I know that, so I need to enjoy it.”
Funds raised via Dry July provide supportive care options for the patients – Sue was thrilled to receive pamper packs and spend her treatments in comfort in an electric recliner chair. She always has a coffee using the Dry July machine and loves the artwork selections which are a good distraction and provoke good thoughts. Sue is thrilled that we are introducing physiology and art therapy options and she is determined to enjoy them as well.
“I want to extend my thanks to all Dry July’ers for raising vital funds for the Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre as it supports me and my fellow patients and enables us to continue living life to the fullest.”