In 2002 my husband and I moved to a beautiful coastal town after having retired. I decided to continue travelling to Melbourne once a year for my routine mammograms. We were settling in really well when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I had a lumpectomy in Melbourne and returned for annual check-ups. We continued to enjoy life until early 2011 when my husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was hospitalised on and off in Melbourne as well as Traralgon. I travelled often to see him and then at a routine mammogram was diagnosed again with breast cancer.
I had treatment again in Melbourne but the cancer this time was more aggressive and I needed chemotherapy and Herceptin every three weeks for a year as well as radiotherapy. Travelling this time was extremely difficult as I didn’t have anyone to drive me.
However, I learned that the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme could help me. I contacted them and to my relief was able to arrange transport.
I was picked up by volunteer drivers and driven to Melbourne. They waited for me to finish my treatment and then drove me back home. They are such lovely kind people who give of their time freely.
When my husband passed away in January 2012, I found it very hard to continue with my treatment, but with support from my friends and family I was able to carry on. I think I am very lucky to have such wonderful people I can turn to at any time.