My dear friend Marcia Shean was diagnosed with Stage 4 non small cell lung cancer with metastasis in 2013. Marcia's prognosis from many Australian specialists was rather grim.... palliative care and 12 months to live... No surgery.....No treatment....
A true roller coaster ride from a new beginning with a wonderful husband (Craig), a new business (Coffee Cafe..Phillip ACT) that was up and running all this happened in a matter of a couple of years.
Marcia and her family researched and found out about The Herzog Clinic in Germany which offers full body hyperthermia treatment and other additional therapies.
Within a few months their business was sold and they had moved to the Gold Coast where 3 of 4 of Marcia's adult children lived. A month later they where off to Germany for treatment. What was meant to be 4 weeks ended up being 1 day off 4 months, with Marcia undergoing Hyperthermia treatments and numerous other therapies.
I saw Marcia & Craig the day they arrived back in Australia at Sydney Airport, Marcia looked fantastic and a more positive outlook you would not find.
On return to the Gold Coast, Craig continued to care for Marcia taking her to the additional therapy treatment and chemotherapy as well as trying to lead a normal life and work to make ends meet. This chemotherapy continued till April 2014, and as she was doing so well ...a much appreciated break from chemo was granted and Marcia was monitored with scans and blood tests, when in December 2014 a CT scan showed a brain tumour and blood tests shows breast cancer markers. Marcia underwent StereoTactic Radio Surgery. For the brain tumours, & there was now more chemotherapy to treat the metastasis. In Oct 2015, 4 more brain tumours where found and another session of stereo tactic radio surgery was needed. The average cost of EACH of these was $15000. In July 2015 Marcia was accepted for an amazing trial drug .. The worlds most leading edge treatment available ... Which she still continues to have..
It now comes to March 2016, Marcia is feeling much better on her new treatment and is told that she has 10 more brain tumours.... This remarkable lady nhas just finished 10 days of intense full brain radiation.. A traumatic time for both Marcia and her family seeing her go through this with the horrific side effects of severe nausea and headaches...and all of her hair falling out once again...which Marcia thinks is a bonus if all the Cancer cells go with it.
Marcia's one wish is to now be able to access more hyperthermia treatment... She felt this treatment previously gave her the best quality of life and enabled her to spend the last 3 years with her precious family and friends.
There is now a sister clinic in Malaysia which offers the same treatment. Cost wise it a lot cheaper than Germany because of the travel factor but out of reach due to exhausting all funds with her last treatments and ongoing care.
I would like to ask the wider community, Marcia's dear family and friends to dig deep, every dollar counts,
and help this precious lady get her wish to extend her life by having access to this amazing treatment, and with Marcia's positivity and belief if anyone can beat this horrendous disease its Marcia.
There is no greater feeling than being able to help someone in their time of need... As she or her family would do for any of us.....
Please donate to help this beautiful lady achieve her wish of further treatment.
Please share this amongst family and friends......
Thank you from the bottom of my heart
- McGrath Woden
- Alison Gillett
- Trina Moore
- Sally Wickham