This year Tonya celebrates 30 years since she was first treated for breast cancer at Westmead in 1987. She was diagnosed with another breast cancer in 2014 and is still going strong.
She has been blown away by some of the things that have been purchased with Dry July funds and would have loved to have had those things when she was undergoing treatment. She was very impressed with the new treatment gowns for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy and said that would have made such a big difference at the time she was having treatment and remembered how difficult it was with the old hospital gowns. When she had her chemotherapy she had a hard backed uncomfortable chair that she had to sit in for hours. She was in awe of the new comforts in the chemo suite again provided by Dry July funding. She will also be receiving a patient pamper pack when she comes to see her treating specialist A/Prof Verity Ahern, whom she says she owes her life and can’t say enough about the wonderful care and treatment received her at Westmead.