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Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

“Imet He­len 25 years ago, just af­ter uni­ver­sity. We’re com­ing up to 24 years of mar­riage, so things moved pretty quickly be­tween us back then. I knew early on she was the one. He­len is such a high-achiev­ing woman, so to watch her struck down in her early 40s, in those pro­duc­tive years when you want to get on with your ca­reer, was so un­fair. He­len was the last per­son I thought would get ill.

With each rec­cur­rence of the can­cer, there’s the frus­tra­tion, the anger, the de­pres­sion, then you have to pick your­self up and get on with it. I think, if that’s what it takes to get her back on track, that’s what we do. But it’s so hard to watch her go through chemo. To see a loved one suf­fer is ter­ri­ble.

We’ve come to re­alise that chemo is more a con­trol than a cure, that’s why we went with the trial ear­lier this year. We’re open to all op­tions, and hope­ful that around the cor­ner there’s a new med­i­ca­tion that could be the an­swer.

We were both pretty ig­no­rant about ovar­ian

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