When the ‘perfect storm’ hit Sonia
Her life changed in an instant, and here she shares her story
When she was diagnosed with cancer, it turned into the “perfect storm” of events for the proud mother and grandmother from North Booval.
That same week, her daughter was also diagnosed and, in the following weeks, Sonia had to deal with two cases of illness, loss of work, loss of income, a sudden divorce and treatment.
To be honest, the fact that my daughter had been diagnosed with cancer at the same time as me was the scariest part.
Once diagnosed I was put in touch with Ipswich hospital and, up until then, I’d been working but didn’t have any super or insurance to fall back on.
I wasn’t on Centrelink and my husband worked overseas but was still helping with the bills … right until we started to go through a divorce.
All this happened at the same time.
I’d started chemo while dealing with everything, including a property settlement.
I then was given the details about Team Cupcake and, after a phone call, they gave me a gift voucher which allowed me to get some groceries in, and it
“You just don’t realise how the smallest thing can make such a difference.
was a godsend.
Dealing with Centrelink was a battle but I got there in the end. Often I’d have to go to Springfield for treatment and I didn’t have a car.
The team put me on to ComLink who helped out, and often they would drive me themselves.
I did miss a few days of treatment as I couldn’t get there.
Then they made meals and brought them around – so much food! I still have some in my freezer, and they really helped as well.
Getting home from hospital and not having to cook was wonderful, it made such a difference.
To be honest, thinking about my daughter, Kelly, kept my mind off my illness. That’s what kept me going, thinking all the time ‘I have to be strong for her’.
I had a mastectomy and things are looking up, but Kelly is still undergoing treatment.
I see things totally differently than I did a year ago. I wake up in the morning and, this sounds like a cliche, but the sky is blue and the sun is shining.
I think now ‘what have I got to complain about?’… there’s people much worse off than me.
I’m going to Perth to see my new, third grandchild for the first time and my fourth is on the way, then Kelly and I are doing a cruise next year for the first time.
Shell’s Team Cupcake were great, they helped with groceries, transport to treatment, and food drop-offs. It all helps, every little bit helps … I’m just so grateful to them.
I’d say to anyone in Ipswich: volunteer. It all helps. I plan to do it. You just don’t realise how the smallest thing can make such a difference to someone’s life when they have so much to deal with already.
IN IT TOGETHER: Sonia Fauth and her daughter, Kelly, who were both diagnosed at the same time, setting off a life-changing experience for the family.