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DANIELLE'S STORY

Meet Danielle – CanCare Client

Friday the 13th of November 2015 is a day Danielle will never forget, the day of her diagnosis. She took her first Pilates class and as she lay on her stomach, felt a sharp pain and realised something was wrong. What she would discover changed her life forever.

Booking in to see her GP, she hoped a routine check-up would whisk away her concerns and pain. Instead, it quickly spiralled into a barrage of tests and uncertainty.

 

“I remember the look on the GP’s face when she felt my stomach, but no one was saying the ‘cancer’ word,” Danielle recalls.

“She’s got a gorgeous soul, and whatever I need she just gets it done. Nothing is too much trouble for her.” said Danielle about Heidi.

Tests revealed Danielle had a rare type of appendix cancer – with the shocking discovery of a 14cm tumour which had taken over her left ovary.

 

At just 48 years old, she endured a 14-hour surgery to remove her appendix, gall bladder, spleen, part of her stomach and large intestine, as well as a full hysterectomy. It was a long and painful recovery, spending more than six weeks in hospital and another six months undergoing chemotherapy. For the next three years she was in the clear, until last year when the cancer returned.

 

Danielle has always had the love and support of her family, who insisted on taking her to every appointment. “They’re so supportive. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them. And to think what they must be going through. I’m very lucky.” When they realised they needed a little extra help, they were introduced to Heidi from CanCare, who helped organise a disability pension and a cleaner, and began providing practical and often more importantly, emotional support.

Tuesday afternoon was a time that Danielle looked forward to most, as it’s when she and Heidi just ‘hung out’.

 

While Danielle passed earlier this year, her positivity and determination was unshakable, and has left a mark on her family, friends and all who were privileged to know her.

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