A home away from home for country cancer patients

Posted 9 Oct 2019.

Sue and Steve Fisher

Sue and Steve Fisher at our Crawford Lodge where they have been staying for over four months

For East Augusta couple, Sue and Steve Fisher, having a comforting and supportive place to stay while Sue underwent cancer treatment in Perth, was a real blessing.

In early 2019, Sue and Steve were in the throes of planning their next adventure when Sue started feeling discomfort in her lower abdomen. A CAT scan confirmed the worst - Sue had stage four ovarian cancer. With no treatment centres nearby, Sue and Steve had to immediately travel up to Perth for treatment.

"You don't get a few months between getting told you have cancer and figuring out how you're going to manage it. Everything comes at once.

"Being from the country, the services aren't as available as they are in Perth. To undergo treatment, you need to go to Perth," explained Sue.

Luckily, the couple were able to find accommodation at Crawford Lodge - one of Cancer Council WA's two accommodation centres for country cancer patients in Perth.

As well as providing a place to stay, our Lodges provide a range of services for guests, including transport to treatment, a wig service, support from a Cancer Support Coordinator and complementary therapies such as massage and exercise classes.

Every year, more than 5000 country cancer patients find accommodation at our Crawford and Milroy Lodges.

"You don't realise until you've got cancer, how many people have it. Crawford Lodge is always full. It just shows the facility is really, really needed," said Steve.

As dedicated centres for country cancer patients, guests staying at our Lodges find comfort and support in each other. Many stories are shared over cups of tea in the kitchen, as well as at guest dinners, morning teas and other activities.

"It's really communal. You have people to talk to who understand what you're going through, like no one else could," said Sue.

For patients like Sue, having to find temporary accommodation in Perth for months at a time can be a huge financial burden. But thanks to community donations and support, our Lodges are able to provide a home away from home.

"It's like an anchor. You get the news and everything is going 90 miles an hour. To think we don't have to worry about accommodation, it's a real blessing," said Sue.

If you would like to make a donation to support our Crawford and Milroy Lodges, and ensure country cancer patients like Sue have a place to stay and much-needed support, please visit our Donation page.



Speak to a Cancer Nurse

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by cancer, or you would like to know more about our Lodges and other support services, please call 13 11 20 to talk to one of our Cancer Nurses today.

Find out more about our Lodges

Visit our Accommodation in Perth page for more information on this vital service.

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