Tragic turn for mum

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tessa Map­stone tessa.map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

IT­WAS a day just like any other Tues­day for Lynda Geiger. That was un­til she tried to stand up.

“It sort of hap­pened in 24 hours,” she said.

“I went to Mum’s and I laid on the lounge and I couldn’t get up, I was paral­ysed.”

Af­ter be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal and flown to Bris­bane scans re­vealed Ms Geiger’s lungs, brain and spin were cov­ered in nine tumours. A bleed from one of them into her spine caused the paral­y­sis. That was five weeks ago. Ms Geiger spent three weeks in hos­pi­tal un­der­go­ing ra­dio­ther­apy but doc­tors told the 45-year-old mother of three she only had three months to live.

“I had a myeloma on my back two years ago it was ag­gres­sive and it had spread,” Ms Geiger said. But she’s pos­i­tive. “There is not much I can do about it.

“I ran out of tears in the first week, I’m at peace with it.”

Lynda is now con­fined to a wheel­chair and in need of full time care and home mod­i­fi­ca­tions. Hus­band Dar­ren said the ill­ness came as a shock to the fam­ily.

“Lynda has worked a lot of week­ends and I’ve al­ways been in­volved with sport,” he said. “We were get­ting to the age where we could have time for our­selves and it snuck up and hit us.

“It had ob­vi­ously been go­ing on in­side but there were no out­ward signs ex­cept for that bit of pain a cou­ple of days be­fore and then ev­ery­thing went south.”

With the help of friends, fam­ily and the com­mu­nity the Geiger fam­ily has been able to hire a van to help Lynda travel to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and to get out and about.

“Ev­ery day we get around and do some­thing,” Ms Geiger said.

“There’s no point sit­ting at home.

“We’re go­ing to go and see the ocean. I love prawns so we’ll just go and sit by the ocean and eat prawns. “Just do things, just live.” Mr Geiger said the sup­port the com­mu­nity had shown the fam­ily had been over­whelm­ing.

“We just strug­gle to thank every­one, we strug­gle to get the mes­sage across that we are so thank­ful to every­one,” he said.

Kin­garoy Cricket Club and the Red Ants will host a fam­ily sports day on Au­gust 23 to raise more funds to help the fam­ily.

PHOTO: TESSA MAP­STONE

Lynda Geiger said she­was hav­ing trou­ble wash­ing the pink out of her hair.

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