Megan Barker remembers well the moment she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 43 years.
With her husband working away in Cape York and two children aged 14 and 11 it was very important for Megan that she was able to undergo her treatment at the Liz Plummer Centre at Cairns Hospital. Previously patients have had to travel south to Townsville and Brisbane for their treatment.
“I have had 7 months of chemo, 12 months of targeted treatment and 6 weeks of radiation so I feel very fortunate that I was able to have all my treatment locally at this amazing centre. Everything is in the one spot and it is gold standard all the way”.
Dry July has donated over a hundred thousand dollars to Cancer services in Far North Queensland over the last few years. This money has bought vital equipment that has both prevented the need for patient travel and made their time spent in both the day oncology ward the cancer care ward a more comfortable experience. Several tilting treatment recliners were purchased for the Liz Plummer Centre and Megan is just one of many patients who have benefitted from using them.
“The veins in my arms disintegrated as my treatment progressed so I had to have a port inserted in my chest in order to continue. The nurses were able to tilt and change the position of the chair which allowed them to access my port easily and with minimal discomfort,” Megan explains.
“I celebrated the final day of my treatment on May 5th 2017 and I rang that bell as hard as I could! I’ve come a really long way on this cancer journey, with my wonderful husband and beautiful children supporting me every step of the way.”
“I would like to say thank you to all the local people who participate in Dry July,” Megan said. “They’re helping to support the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation which is a fantastic organisation that works tirelessly to improve our local health services.”