Dry July changes lives

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

WHEN South Guild­ford res­i­dent Deanne O’Brien was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in Oc­to­ber 2015, her world was turned up­side-down.

The shock of the di­ag­no­sis came when her hus­band Dean was work­ing a five­week-on and five-week-off FIFO ros­ter up north.

Their three chil­dren were all un­der the age of four.

With the fam­ily still reel­ing from the news, Mrs O’Brien be­gan chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy in prepa­ra­tion for a stem cell trans­plant.

Dur­ing a visit to the hos­pi­tal, Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s sup­port line was recommended to the O’Briens.

Mrs O’Brien said de­cid­ing to call the ser­vice opened up a whole world of sup­port.

“The can­cer nurses were al­ways friendly, al­ways sup­port­ive and made sure to give me all of the in­for­ma­tion I needed,” she said.

It was through the sup­port line that she was able to ac­cess free services for peo­ple af­fected by can­cer, their car­ers and fam­i­lies.

“I had clean­ers, lawn mow­ers and gar­den­ers come out to help, which made a big dif­fer­ence,” she said.

This year, money raised through Dry July – a fundraiser that chal­lenges par­tic­i­pants to go booze­free for a month – will go to­wards Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s 13 11 20 Can­cer In­for­ma­tion and Sup­port Line.

To par­tic­i­pate in Dry July, sign up at dryjuly .com/ben­e­fi­cia­ries/can­cer­coun­cil-wa. Sarah Brookes

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