Tragic turn for mum
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.
Lynda Geiger said shewas having trouble washing the pink out of her hair.