After a barrage of tests in January, I was faced with my own mortality. It is a very frightening place to find yourself. Telling my three kids I had cancer was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I cried, I got angry and asked, “Why me?” The truth is, I don’t know why it is me but I am determined more than ever to write my own story and beat this dreaded cancer.
Upon diagnosis, my cancer had spread through my liver so a transplant or removing the tumours was not an option. After much consideration, I decided on the Sirtex treatment. This medication is not covered by Medicare and comes at a cost of $9000. My oncologist put me in contact with the John Logan Foundation. They not only helped with some of the cost of my treatment, they also showed me enormous kindness and an understanding ear. I can never thank them enough for that.
Last week I returned to my oncologist and received the most positive news since this rollercoaster ride began; the tumour on my left side has reduced by a quarter of its original size. I will now have the right side treated on 3 July. ALL positive vibes will be greatly appreciated.
Rebecca is pictured here with husband Graham and her sons Len, Jack and Stan.