Jo & Lance (both 36yrs) and their gorgeous boys Zayden (5) and Izaiah (3) have a dream to travel Australia in their own caravan. For Jo & Lance this has been a lifelong dream
as they both grew up caravanning and camping. They had planned to travel Australia in a few years time when their boys are a bit older but sometimes things don't quite work out the way they were planned...
On 10th June 2016, Jo was diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer
. An aggressive form of breast cancer. Only 10-15% of all breast cancers are Triple Negative & unfortunately there is no targeted treatment
unlike the other breast cancers. This devastating diagnosis saw Jo having surgery to remove her right breast within days of her diagnosis and following this she started 6 months of gruelling chemotherapy in the July. She then commenced 1 month of daily radiation in January 2017.
MORE BAD NEWS...
4 days short of a year after her diagnosis, at the 1 year scan on the 6th June 2017, doctors found some small nodules on Jo's lower lung instantly changing her diagnosis from Stage 2 to Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer
. Her struggling veins meant she needed a portacath re-inserted into her chest before chemo was re-commenced. This regime of chemo lasted until Christmas 2017. The lung nodules caused frequent build up of fluid in Jo's right lung causing her discomfort and at times severe breathlessness. To overcome this, she required the fluid to be drained often. Furthermore, a bone scan after excruciating back pain identified some suspicious spots on her lower spine for which she received radiation.THE PRESENT
Determined to live their best life, Jo and the family set off on a 3 week trip in January 2018. Unfortunately though, the fluid on Jo's lung built up 2 weeks into the trip and they had to returned home to Sydney for urgent medical help. Jo was put in for surgery in February 2018 to have a pleurodesis, a procedure that causes the membranes around the lungs to stick together to prevent the build up of fluid returning. Jo has since recommenced chemotherapy every 21days THE FUTURE
With Jo's declining health, she and Lance made the decision to bring their dream trip around Australia forward to ensure that Zayden and Izaiah have wonderful memories of travelling the country with both of their parents. They immediately discussed their plans with Jo's medical team, who are in full support. The plan is for Jo to receive as much intravenous chemotherapy until July 2018 and then she will switch to oral chemotherapy so she can travel.
This sudden change of plan means that Jo and Lance are nowhere near as financially prepared to travel as they would have been in a few years time. Their savings have gone towards upgrading their car and caravan and there is little left for the trip itself in the short-term. Their tight budget means that Jo, Lance and the boys will miss out on many of the enjoyable things about travelling Australia.
Jo is unable to walk long distances at the moment, making hikes to key places impossible. Your donation will allow Jo and the family to experience such places by possibly taking a scenic flight or a charted tour instead. Jo’s ultimate bucket list dream is to swim with whalesharks and visit Rottnest Island.
With your help they can turn their LIFELONG DREAM into a REALITY
.TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
Lance and Jo are planning their trip now
, with only 3 short months before their departure in July. By donating NOW
you will not only show them your support but allow them to accurately balance their travel budget and set them up for a wonderful journey together.DON'T DELAY DONATE TODAY AND SHARE AWAY!
(( If you would like to know more please ask, Jo is open & honest when it comes to her health & breast cancer. If she can educate & save another persons life by telling her story or sharing her story with you, then she is the winner in this. ))