Nilla is vibrant and kind-hearted; however, like many of us, she was content with how life was. That was until her diagnosis; an experience she attributes to changing her life…
On the 19th October 2004, I heard the words that I never wanted or thought I would ever hear “Nilla, you have Breast Cancer”.
My Breast Cancer diagnosis should have and could have stopped me from doing, being, and achieving. However, the journey has been life changing and with the help of John my husband, family, and friends, I am proud to say that I am a twelve plus year thriver.
I knew I had to face my Breast Cancer challenge head on and do whatever it took to stay alive.
I was introduced to Solaris Cancer Care when undergoing my Radiotherapy treatment at Sir...
Dry July helped Royal North Shore Hospital purchase 7 new treatment chairs for the day unit.
The patients who receive their treatment in these chairs regularly tell the Nursing staff how much more comfortable they are when they have to sit in them for hours on end. The Nurses also report that the chairs have improved patient safety and allow them to administer treatment more easily.
"These chairs are heaven compared to the old ones. They've made a long day of treatment much more comfortable and they're so much easier to get on and off as well. The nurses love them as it is easier and safer for them to treat us.
Bruce 79 years
This year, funds raised through Dry July will go towards renovating patient waiting areas into interactive spaces to make the sometimes 5 hour waiting periods pass a little easier and installing more comfortable seating.
A patient who has recently spent a considerable amount of time at the PA cancer centre is Mike Stott who had to relocate to Brisbane for treatment of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tongue. By supporting Dry July at the PA Hospital, you are helping to ensure patients like Mike feel as comfortable as possible at the hospital during such a difficult time in their lives.
Here is Mike’s story…
Mike Stott, a Cartographer from Cairns, noticed that a lump in the left side of his neck had formed during August 2016. He wasn’t...
“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 ‘...