Leukaemia: There was support to help me
John Goode’s wife was diagnosed with a blood cancer called leukaemia. The following are all John’s words, shared with the Leukaemia Foundation to help raise awareness of blood cancer during September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2019. You can share your story, too, by clicking here.
On the 2nd February 2003 my wife Laura suddenly took ill and was taken to Canberra Hospital where she was diagnosed with an aggressive and very rare type of leukaemia.
Being a rare type the doctors didn’t know what type of treatment to use. The medical team had a world hook-up conference to find a treatment for Laura.
While she was responding to treatment she was not getting any better physically. Laura was continuing to have blood transfusions.
While at the hospital the staff mentioned to me that there was support to help me with everyday concerns, like petrol in the car, service on the car, tyres and food.
All these were provided by the Leukaemia Foundation south coast of New South Wales branch.
My wife continued to get worse and she passed away on Sunday 27th July 2003.
In May 2016 I celebrated my 80th birthday and I decided to combine a fundraiser with my birthday celebration.
I invited the whole community of Yass Valley shire to join me on the special day in the park with a massive cake.
At the end we had raised around $6500 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Thank you Yass Valley shire and also thank you to the Leukaemia Foundation.
I had dreams of doing another one but not sure as I am now in a nursing home. But, who knows, it still may happen again. Thank you for reading this testimony.Last updated on September 11th, 2019
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