I had my mastectomy on the 10th of August 2015

I had my mastectomy on the 10th of August 2015

“I had my mastectomy on the 10th of August 2015”

Explained my sister Kerrie

I was away, chasing my dreams, living my life, when I heard my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember it clearly, I felt horrible for her, that I couldn’t be there. It is not that I didn’t want to, I couldn’t return from where I was. I couldn’t be there for my sister, while she was going through her toughest battle. But I know my sister well, I know she is as tough as they come, but that didn’t make it any easier.

My sister wouldn’t have liked me returning anyway, she knew I was chasing my dreams and she wouldn’t have wanted to be the reason I returned. So, I chose to make the most out of my time in Antarctica. But this story isn’t about me.

On my return to Australia, I knew I had to make up for time lost. I listened to the stories from my sister’s battle. The ups and downs and the huge support she received from our amazing family and friends. One thing stuck out to me, the support my sister received from an amazing organisation, The Cancer Council.

“When things are so confusing and you feel overwhelmed the Geraldton Branch of the Cancer Council assisted in so many ways,”

Kerrie explained,

“liasing with doctors, confirming appointments, visiting me during chemo and helping setting up the PATS (patient assistance transport scheme)”

I had no idea how much the cancer council helped my sister, I had no idea how much their workmeans to cancer patients and their families especially those living in regional Western Australia.

“Sometimes, just having someone to talk to was important”

The Cancer Councils assistance seems to be all encompassing, they even helped with my sister’s bills.

“Because Nelson took time off work to look after me, we didn’t have a wage for a while, the Cancer Council payed our bills up to the value of $500”

It is this type of help that is really priceless in this situation. The added stress of not covering your bills while you are at home fighting your biggest battle, is just stress you do not need.

“That was a huge help as we had just bought our house before we knew I had cancer”

The Geraldton Cancer Council branch got in touch with Kerrie very early on and offered lots of help. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Geraldton branch, my family cannot thank you enough for all the help you gave our sister.

“Through them I accessed 6 Reiki sessions as well as 6 massage sessions for cancer patients.”

Kerrie explained the importance of the inner well-beingthroughout her battle.

“I also attended free yoga classes designed for cancer patients”

Kerrie talks about these sessions, they were a great place to feel comfortable.

“That was wonderful as everyone had cancer and chemo in common and there was no embarrassment about being weak and not being able to get off the floor”

As I am writing this story, I have realised how much I missed. I am finding it hard to write, my eyes are welling up with sadness and happiness. Sadness that I was not here to support my sister, but happiness knowing my sister had the support from our family and from the Cancer Council.

“Harder for you because you were so far away for most of it”

This is the type of women my sister is, she is concerned about me and about helping the cancer council.

“Everyone I had anything to with when dealing with the Cancer Council were so caring, patient and understanding”

So please donate, please help the Cancer Council support other families going through this horrible battle.

“It is such a wonderful charity designed to help people in the scariest and sickest time of their lives”

Kerrie says about the Cancer Council.

“Can you make it more about them?”

Says Kerrie, more concerned that this story is more about her and not the Cancer Council.

So with that I decided Iwill shave off my beloved Dreadlocks which I had been growing for 6 years and my beard which I grew while I was in Antarctica for a year for the Cancer Council.

We raised just shy of $3000 for the cancer council and I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you for your support.

Please share my sisters story and spread the word of what the Cancer Council does for cancer families with everyone, help us help the Cancer Council and keep them doing something so, so, so important to WA cancer families.

I love you all, and thank you.

“Nelson and I will always be grateful to them”

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