Sue Bohler was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2018 and immediately commenced treatment at The Wesley Hospital.
At the time Sue’s doctor also recommended she seek out the expertise of The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre.
The Choices team, as they are known, are a free service that have helped throughout Sue’s treatment to make sure she had all the resources to look after her wellness. Sue says it was one of the best decisions she’s made.
“Choices not only gave me the tools to help me look after my health throughout my treatment, but they were an important part of me being able to take control of my diagnosis”
“I was able to attend Choices for their Women’s Wellness Program to support with nutrition, and exercise. I knew that at those sessions I was in a positive environment, it was always a safe haven for me.”
Sue underwent 25 rounds of radiation and six rounds of chemotherapy as part of her treatment plan and is now on 12 months of immunotherapy at The Wesley.
After the initial diagnosis left her shell-shocked and unsure of the path ahead, the emotional support and resources provided by Choices have helped her deal with an overwhelming diagnosis of cancer.
While her treatment has been difficult, the safe space of Choices has allowed her to continue to exercising through yoga and equipped her with the resources to help her husband and daughter better understand about her cancer.
“There is a significant stigma around lung cancer. I have always been active and healthy person so it can be a difficult time to understand what is going on,” she said
“For my family to know that I can come to Choices to talk about my diagnosis and seek some support, it is invaluable and gives me peace of mind.”
The wonderful team at Choices are an incredible wealth of knowledge and will be celebrating 21 years of the Choices program in 2019.
Without the support of fundraisers like all those participating in Dry July, they would not be able to support people like Sue.
Thank you for your support of Choices by committing to go Dry this July.
Pictured: Sue with therapist, Kathy, and volunteer receptionist, Barb