For Ravensthorpe couple Kerry and Gordon Jones, being treated for cancer at the same time has been a double edged sword.
Kerry was the first to receive a cancer diagnosis when she discovered she had breast cancer in December 2015. Six months later, Gordon discovered that a lump in his jaw was in fact cancer of the parotid gland.
“It’s been horrendous but a godsend at the same time,” said Kerry. “Because we’ve both got cancer, we have been able to support each other.”
Kerry relocated to Perth for radiotherapy treatment and initially stayed at a hotel in West Perth before finding out about our Milroy Lodge, one of the two lodges we provide for country cancer patients.
According to Kerry, not enough country people know about these Cancer Council WA services.
“We need to raise awareness about the Cancer Council lodges in Perth, because they make relocating to Perth for cancer treatment so much easier,” she said.
Kerry said at least Gordon was well when he first arrived and he was able to look after her.
“We always try and focus on the positive. This has been a quiet, peaceful and safe place to stay and the transport to treatment service has made a huge amount of difference, saving us the stress of driving around in Perth,” said Gordon.
When Kerry and Gordon left Milroy to return home in October they both agreed on how to sum up their experience at the Lodge;
“It’s as close as possible to a ‘home away from home’ you could find,” they said.
We have a range of support services available to assist West Aussies affected by cancer and their families. Find out more here or call 13 11 20 to speak to our cancer nurses.