My name is Wal, I am one of those people who never gets sick. So you can imagine how daunting it was to be told I had cancer of the larynx at age 67 in what should be my last working year. After initial biopsy which confirmed the cancer, I was referred to The cancer therapy centre at Liverpool Public Hospital which I am told has one of only four machines in NSW to treat my particular cancer.
On my first visit, I was welcomed by what I can only call the most professional team of doctors, nurses, radiotherapy staff, receptionists and volunteers who took the time to explain everything to me in detail. What my cancer was, how it would be treated, the length of treatment and the expected outcome. I will attend the Centre 5 days a week for six...
Like most people diagnosed with cancer, life changed instantly for Sharon when she was told she had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last December.
Her diagnosis came after she wasn't feeling well and decided to visit the doctor.
"I don't like needles, you see, but I knew something wasn't right and decided to go to the doctor," Sharon explained. "That day I had my first ever blood test, then a few days later I found out I had cancer."
Sharon's road to recovery has not been easy but she found some comfort in a quiet space during her long stays at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).
Over the past two years, Dry July fundraising for the FSH cancer services have provided an upgrade to the ward patient lounge rooms including the installation of beverage...
“Cancer arrived and every creative fibre in Angie’s body left”
Meet Angie, a powerfully positive mum of two daughters, who couldn’t believe cancer had happened to her. Cancer was not in her family genes - in fact Angie used to joke with her daughters about how beautiful the genes were that she had passed down to them, right down to their perfectly-shaped eyebrows. Now, because of her treatment, Angie no longer has eyebrows.
In 2013, Angie was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and commenced her after which she was given the all clear later that year. She was done, she had beaten it, and left as a healthy, happy woman with a new lease on life.
However, in February 2016, Angie became ill overnight and a CT scan revealed her cancer had returned...
According to long time Carnarvon resident Garfield Bissett, our Milroy Lodge in Perth is a piece of ‘heaven’.
The 67 year old who describes himself as an old ‘bushie’ from way back has been living at Milroy Lodge since April last year following a bowel cancer diagnosis. Milroy is one of two Cancer Council WA Lodges providing accommodation for country cancer patients who need to re-locate to Perth for treatment.
“You’ve got no idea what this place means to so many of us,” he said. “It’s unbelievable what the staff and volunteers do for you,” he said.
Garfield said he was particularly appreciative of the efforts of our Cancer Support Co-ordinator at the Lodge, Karen, who arranged to transport his car to Perth which he described as a ‘...
Looking after someone with cancer can be challenging, but also rewarding. Many people are balancing this valuable role with other demands such as work, family or study and it’s common to feel unprepared and unsure of where to go for information and support.
Thanks Dry July participants funding, we were able to host a free webinar during National Carers Week in October to help carers find out how they can better manage their own wellbeing, while providing the best support to the person they are caring for.
Webinar presenters included Hamish, whose dad was diagnosed with cancer when he was 26.
“Our whole life turned upside down and nobody prepares you for how to handle that. We needed to support dad and help him regain control of his life....
Funds raised from Dry July directly benefit many Tasmanians impacted by cancer.
Dry July funds have continued to provide safe and reliable vehicles for use in Cancer Council Tasmania’s Transport to Treatment Program (t2t) across the state, helping a large number of people get to their cancer treatment appointments each year.
One person who has seen the benefits of this service in a number of ways is volunteer driver John McClea.
When John’s wife was suffering lung cancer, he was unable to drive her to treatment due to the demands of running his small business; making it difficult for him to get away. Prior to her death from lung cancer, John’s wife utilised the t2t program to find transport to her treatment appointments.
“The service was...
We’ve helped ease the burden for country South Australians having cancer treatment.
For someone living in country South Australia, the challenge of having cancer treatment in Adelaide may be overwhelming and some may be less likely to undertake or complete treatment, than people living in the city.
Cancer Council Lodge provides these people with supportive and affordable accommodation while they are undergoing cancer treatment in Adelaide.
The Dry July Foundation supporters have proudly provided Cancer Council Lodge with over $242,200 over the past two years. This has helped to refurbish the dining rooms in both lodges with furniture and refurbished over 15 rooms.
Cancer Council Lodge has made a big difference to real people
For John and...
As a young single mum of 4 children, Michelle was not prepared for her diagnosis of breast cancer in late 2015. Fortunately her friend was aware of Cancer Council NT information and support services so Michelle was able to come and speak with one of our nurses the same day she was diagnosed.
Over the next 2 years, Michelle was able to access a number of our services and programs including our wig program, Cancer Information Group, specialist counselling and Yoga program. She was also able to tap into other community supports for both herself and her children.
One of our amazing volunteers, Tracy Tran, knows all too well the need and benefit of our Parramatta community centre.
When Tracy went through her own cancer diagnosis, she accessed Cancer Council NSW’s services for information and support. Now, between running a business, being a mother and keeping up with her yoga, Tracy volunteers at the Parramatta community centre and facilitates the Chemo Patient Talks for patients and carers at Westmead Hospital each week. She says that people are always grateful of the work they do and the free information packs they are able to provide.
“I was so appreciative of the support and information given to me by the Cancer Council that I couldn’t say no to the opportunity to give back and help people...