WHEN South Guildford resident Deanne O’Brien was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2015 her world was turned upside-down.
Cancer Council WA’s support line not only became an emotional support, but a practical one too with access to a range of free services.
Now the mother-of-three is calling on the community to go booze free for the month of July and help raise money and awareness for the service.
“I think it’s a great service because when you’re first diagnosed you don’t know where to start, you don’t know what to do and it’s good to have someone to guide you,” Mrs O’Brien said.
Mrs O’Brien’s husband Dean was working a five-week-on five-week-off roster with all three of their children under the age of four when she began chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
A visitor of a patient in the same ward recommended the 13 11 20 support line for practical and emotional support.
“Mum and dad helped with looking after the children while Dean was away at work but I had been told not to do any gardening or housework whilst undergoing treatment – that’s when I accessed the practical support services,” she said.
“I had cleaners, lawn mowers and gardeners come out to help which made a big difference.”
Cancer Council WA also offers a range of therapies which have been proven to compliment conventional cancer treatments.
“The nurses put me in touch with the Cancer Support Centre in Midland where I did reiki, massage and lovely things like that,” Mrs O’Brien said.
“I joined the exercise program and yoga classes which definitely helped to improve my energy.”
This year, money raised through Dry July will go towards Cancer Council WA’s 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line.
Sign up at dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/cancer-council-wa or visit cancerwa.asn.au