Jenny was first diagnosed with a long-developing blood cancer called chronic leukaemia after a routine blood test.
“I got in contact with Sheila, a Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Coordinator,” explains the 57-year-old. “I needed to go where the most valid knowledge was and, if necessary, where the clinical trials were.
“Sheila was excellent at talking me through the terminology, what to expect with the treatment and what it means to have a chronic leukaemia.
Having to travel four hours from her hometown for treatment, Shelia also helped Jenny to access a patient travel subsidy scheme and find accommodation.
“You don’t know what you don’t know. Shelia was just excellent; she was in constant contact with me throughout the whole journey.
“She has been a real leveler, easing my anxiety over the travel to treatment and through chemotherapy.
“We’ve already started to chat about whether I’ll be well enough to go back to work.
“I now know what I’m entitled to.”
Jenny is focusing on her recovery with her medical team monitoring her condition closely with weekly blood tests.
“It’s so important to understand your illness and talk to the Leukaemia Foundation to get direction and assistance on where you’re heading next with your disease,” said Jenny.
Jenny was recently told she is blood cancer-free and is feeling grateful for all the support she received to find the right treatment pathway for her.