“My name is Katie, I’m a 33-year-old mother from Broome. Cancer is seriously something that never crossed my mind. I have so many people in my family that have passed from cancer. I truly never thought I'd be told I have that same thing that has taken so many innocent lives.
In late 2022, my symptoms started with experiencing blood and cramping when going to the toilet. As my symptoms worsened, I saw my local doctor, who referred me onto a surgeon for a colonoscopy and blood test. The surgeon told me he was unable to complete my colonoscopy due to a tumour being in the way and unfortunately, it was cancer.
My social worker informed me about the Cancer Council WA Lodges, as Perth accommodation was becoming expensive. Our stay at the Lodge was amazing! Honestly better than we thought, and it was truly a home away from home for us.
The staff went above and beyond to make sure we were made to feel welcomed and comfortable. The help that I have received from the day I found out about my diagnosis to now has been seamless.
My favourite part about staying at the lodges, was the special friendships we made with other guests. It was a real sense of comfort knowing we had people around us going through a similar situation.
It's emotional going through a journey with cancer, let alone having to do something in a time of year that is generally spent with family and friends celebrating. Staying at the Lodges this Christmas will give country cancer patients a chance to celebrate with others going through the same thing.”
A cancer diagnosis is an incredibly difficult time, made even more challenging when you’re suddenly uprooted from your home to access treatment. Your kind donation this Christmas will help keep West Australian families together these holidays.