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Sherma Beasley
 Your kindness connected Sherma Beasley (pictured) with a lifeline of support

 After being diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer, Sherma Beasley was one of the many Australians left without access to the supportive care they need.  

“I had absolutely no idea what I was in for when I turned up to my first chemotherapy appointment,” said the 57-year-old.   

“I saw a different doctor nearly every time I was there and wasn’t told much about anything.”    

Feeling isolated and unsure, Sherma wasn’t getting the psychosocial, practical, nutritional or financial supportive care she desperately needed – nor did she know how to find it.    

Luckily, it was at that point your kindness reached out to change Sherma’s life forever. With your support Sherma was able to call on one of our Blood Cancer Support Coordinators, Jacqui. 

“Jacqui has been wonderful through all of this,” said Sherma. “She will always have a proper chat, is a great listener and doesn’t treat me like just another person to check off the list.  

“She gave me real encouragement and support, telling me what services I could access to make everything easier.  

“She fixed up my transport to the hospital, provided food vouchers and made sure I was asking my doctors to sort out the side effects of my treatment.”  

When we spoke to her Sherma had successfully completed six cycles of chemotherapy and was awaiting further blood tests. 

Last updated on May 24th, 2024

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