How the Survive & Thrive Cancer Navigation Package was a crucial step for Teresa:
1. Teresa – Metastatic Alveolar Rhabydomyosarcoma – Head & Neck – Brisbane – 7 March 2019
Hi my name is Teresa and I am 47 years old. In August 2018 my life turned upside down. I was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in my face and neck. All up I had 4 tumours and the cancer was aggressive. After getting scans in Australia, my doctors discussed with me their opinions about my cancer. They said my cancer was only found in children and there is no recorded case found in an Adult in Australia. I was curious to see what treatment offer they had because for the last 5 years I have formed a close relationship with Grace & Pip due them helping my husband Mark.
Mark’s story is also in the testimonial pages, he had – recurrent breast cancer with lung mets. It’s been 5 years since we have signed up for the Cancer Navigation Package and with Grace’s unbelievable guidance, knowledge & contacts overseas, Mark is very fit and well. So while listening to the doctors about my cancer I had Grace already in mind. My treatment plan here in Australia was frightening. With no medical data for my cancer in Adults, they suggested to do 18 months of 4 different types of Chemos with radium as well. The side effects would be horrendous. They told me I would have to have jaw reconstruction, nerve damage, loss of sight in my right eye and teeth falling out. My quality of life also would have been greatly affected. I knew with what they had to offer it was nothing compared to the success I have already seen with my husband Mark’s treatment.
Dudley & Sue describe how the Cancer Navigation Service was a life-saver for two family members – daughter-in-law Teresa and son Mark – 13th of March 2019
About Teresa & Mark:
Though, very thankfully, neither Sue or I have ever had cancer, we have lost numerous members of our immediate families to this insidious, deadly and frightening disease.
Both my sister Peggy and a much-loved cousin Wendy lost the battles with ovarian cancer. My wife’s mother was taken before her time with the very same disease, and her father with pancreatic cancer.