Sally's Ongoing Medical Support
For our dear friend and loved one Sally Brocklehurst ♡
We are currently raising funds for our beautiful Sally as she has malignant cancer spreading rapidly and is currently under care at Coff's Harbour Hospital, NSW, Australia.
HER JOURNEY SO FAR:
On Monday the 30th of January Sally was taken to the Emergency unit in Coffs Harbour Hospital where she spent 24 hours being examined. She is now under care in a medical ward where she is being constantly monitored and tested. Her health crisis is causing her extreme discomfort as her liver is many times its normal size and is displacing other organs.
Throughout January Sal became ever more sick and debilitated and we have been shocked by the severity of her abdominal distortions and back pain. To date she has been examined, probed and cared for by about 8 doctors, 3 surgeons, multiple nurses, a liver specialist, 2 ambos, and numerous medical students, and through it all has remained in her beautiful nature and speaks of those in worse conditions than herself.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
Sal still has no improvement, and there is no indication of how long she may be in hospital nor the length of her recovery period, thus work has been and is off the agenda and she will not be able to work for an unknown period of time.
Rarely does Sal ask anything of others yet gives unconditionally. As we reflect on our time with her I have no doubt every one of us has been a recipient of her kindness and unwavering generosity. Sal is usually so robust and independent that her own needs may be sometimes invisible to her loved ones.
Her plan was to work as much as possible massaging during her uni break, and along with me making a deck of Conversation Starters for sale which we had intended to launch early this year to help fund her final year of her Bachelor Health Science. Sadly this illness has halted and depleted her finances and ability to work.
The greater tragedy is that due to her illness she now has been advised by her specialist to defer her final year of university to focus on identifying whatever this mystery illness is, and then to slowly heal and work to get strong again.
I’m hopeful that those reading this will feel moved to deposit something - no matter how small or large.
I invite you all to send loving and healing thoughts and prayers to aid in her healing, and some financial contribution if you feel so moved.
So many have been sending healing for which we're both immensely grateful - please keep it coming.
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With Love and Thanks,
1 Feb 2017
Lisa, her sister wanted to explain this a little further as there isn't much literature on the internet about this specific type of cancer.
‘Neuroendocrine Carcinoma falls under the category of Neuroendocrine Cancer (Tumour), which is made up of 3 different grades and Sally has been diagnosed with the most aggressive and rare form of this, Grade 3.
It is called a carcinoma because the primary/original site is unknown. Most people who have neuroendocrine cancer have the tumours (well differentiated). Sally's is poorly differentiated and has metastasised (spread) beyond the neuroendocrine system and into her bones.
I have attached a photo of the grading I found, hopefully that helps clarify what I've written.
In Sally's case, it is not about waiting for the all clear, although we are all hoping for a miracle, and Sally is utilising complementary therapies and nutrition to give her the best chance at beating this.
Sally has had her first round of chemo and is due for her second round beginning on the 28th Feb. She is a very strong and positive person which is an attribute I am sure we all love about her.
Sally is focusing now on living each day and moment with happiness, doing exactly what she wants to do rather than focusing on what is "curable or incurable" and her diagnosis.
Sally appreciates all your love and support, and the support we are all giving each other.’
Sal adds: ’chemotherapy doesn’t cure this type of cancer, it shrinks the tumours to bring more comfort and possibly extend length of life in this case. If anything can cure this ‘incurable disease’, it will be with complementary therapies (herbal medicine, nutrition, and homeopathy), and of course a great attitude, meditation, and all the support of my darling family and friends.’
Sally has begun chemotherapy having had 3 sessions so far. With another series to begin from 22nd of February. Sally's partner Nathan will take her home to Dorrigo on Monday in which she will stay with her sister and her partner Nathan. Sal will also be under the caring eye of Cedar her dear friend and housemate who has been an incredible support to Sally through this journey along with other friends and family.
Sally is in pain and on oxygen so sleep is hard to come by due to discomfort and hospital noises. Two working bee's have taken place at Sally & Cedars place to clean and sanitise the home for Sally's arrival and tidy the garden so Sally can have a peaceful place to rest.
We are incredibly blessed for all your support and donations thus far and will keep you in the loop with future updates on Sally's journey.