Nicki Hanna and Family
I have had the honour of knowing Nicki Hanna and her 5 children for 15 years. During this time the family have gone through a journey together, full of ups and downs, including the sudden loss of their beloved husband/father, however through it all, they have always been there to support each other.
In late 2014, Nicki had lump removed from her neck, which was biopsied and found to be Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. At this time, the Oncologist recommended that Nicki was to be regularly monitored.
In Dec 2015, after weeks of being bedridden due to chronic back pain, and numerous hospital visits, the doctors discovered Nicki had a tumour next to her pancreas, 14cm in size, which was also Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. And was also the cause of the back pain.
Nicki underwent a strong course of Chemotherapy over the Christmas period in 2015, luckily being released from hospital on Christmas day to spend time with her family.
The family was hopeful that the Chemotherapy would be successful, meaning the end of her treatment in March 2016.
Unfortunately, following the Chemotherapy, Nicki was required to undergo radiation therapy.
More unsuccessful results were given after the radiation therapy, the oncologist and team of doctors recommended that Nicki should undergo a bone marrow transplant using her own stem cells. So, in July Nicki under went another very strong dose of Chemotherapy along with the bone marrow transplant.
Throughout all this time, Nicki’s children have been by her side all the way, taking time off work to take her to appointments, paying for various medical costs and visiting her daily during her long stays in hospital.
Unfortunately, in early September 2016 the family received the news that no one ever wants to hear, Nicki’s treatment hasn’t been successful and the results showed that the Cancer is growing aggressively.
With very limited options, Nicki is now seeking alternative and natural therapies to slow down the growth of the Cancer. We are all staying positive about alternative treatments and diets for Nicki, however we know the coming months are going to be extremely challenging for the Hanna family.
Nicki wants to spend the next few months spending as much time as possible with her family. I am hoping that funds raised can go towards Nicki’s appointments, alternative therapies and diets as well as enjoying as much time with her family, without additional financial stresses on the family.
Any donations, no matter how big or small, will help the Hanna family during this difficult time.
From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of the Hanna family, thank you so much.
For those of you that knew Nicki, we are so very sad to advise you that she passed away late Saturday afternoon after her long battle with cancer.
Nicki was known by so many people as a fun lady with an affectionate laugh and glowing smile. She was an amazing mother and an extremely strong woman who fought very hard to stay here with her family.
She is now reunited with her husband, Neale, up in heaven. Nicki's service will be this Thursday at 2pm at Revesby Presbyterian Church - 55 Tower St, Panania.
Nicki and the family have experienced a rough couple of weeks. Nicki has been in and out of hospital due to temperatures from a bug, however is doing a lot better now. She will be in hospital for the next week with antibiotics to ensure she is feeling better.
Nicki has been staying positive the entire time, continuing to smile and laugh like always.
The doctor is currently looking into alternative treatments to chemotherapy and I'll be sure to keep you all updated when an alternative treatment goes ahead.
Your continued support and shares of the campaign are greatly appreciated, even though we've reached our goal, every dollar is still greatly appreciated.
Thank you all so much,
Along with all of the amazing individual donations received, I'd just like to give a special shout out to Panania RSL Youth Soccer Club and Revesby Workers Football Club for the funds they raised for Nicki and her family at the very special annual Neale Hanna Memorial Day Game on the weekend.
I'd also like to thank Club Sandwich at Selems Pde, Revesby for the fundraising they are doing in their cafe at the moment. Club Sandwich also arranged an article in today's local Torch Newspaper to help promote the fundraising taking place.
Thank you all once again.
I just wanted to express my thanks once again for all of your support and promotion for Nicki's campaign over the past week.
This week Nicki has been the true fighter that she is. She's had the good along with the bad days. Nicki and her family have been so overwhelmed by the support from you all, which has kept them all feeling positive.
Thank you once again,
Hey Nicki I can't beleive this is happening to you again. We been freinds for a long time . I was your bridemaid you mine. We were pregnant together .I was there when you married Neale .We moved to Mullumbibimby were not so close saw each other when you visited the in laws .Last time I saw you was Milan's 60th we had a good time.Hope you beat this your a strong woman stay positive love you xxx
Best wishes lovely lady I hope all the best for you and your beautiful family as you have always been so nice to me whenever I visited or bumped into you in the local area always love seeing u and having a chat take care and lots of hugs xox
Hi Nicki you would have to be one of the most strongest and beautiful people I have ever met and I cherish our friendship. I can always tell what table you are at as its the one with the most laughter. Love ya. Rod
I'm sure the many customers of Club Sandwich along with me wish you all the best in this bump in the road. Positive thoughts only allowed.xx
Everyone at work misses her very dearly we are all trying to stay positive love you Nicki xxx