“I always loved gardening, yet through stresses of ill-health, I felt I had lost my passion for it.”
Like many people undergoing a cancer diagnosis and treatment, Christine Fousketakis struggled to get through every day, and things she had loved doing, like gardening, became a thing of the past.
Diagnosed with breast cancer, Christine underwent a rigorous treatment plan at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJ Centre) including surgery, radiotherapy and hormone therapy.
Christine visits the ONJ Centre twice each week and takes part in many wellness and supportive care programs including horticultural therapy, which is funded by Dry July.
Gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature and enjoy the present...
Last July, my husband, our youngest daughter and I shared a fantastic month camping through Central Australia. About half way through the trip, I had a spectacular fall - not a fall climbing a dramatlc rock face or wading through a swollen creek, but a very ungainly fall while hanging out washing in the caravan park in Alice Springs! I landed on my right side and really hurt my chest wall.
I kept massaging the area in an attempt to find out what I had done (l subsequently found I had broken a rib), and felt a lump in my right breast. Now I am pretty flat-chested, so I was sure it hadn't been there before. I assumed it was a consequence of the injury, but kept an eye on it.
When we returned home it was still there, so I diligently had it...
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 ‘...
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.