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Marnie finds a helping hand during COVID-19

Posted 5 Jul 2021.


When Marnie was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2020, it was completely unexpected. 

It was purely by chance that her cancer, already at stage 3, was discovered.

"I had to have my immunisation tested for a uni placement, so I went and had a test done which came back a bit abnormal. They sent me off for some scans and it showed up that I had three tumours throughout my body," said Marnie.

At what was already an incredibly stressful time for Marnie, the sudden and overwhelming emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic added further anxiety and distress.

"During treatment, my immune system was very low and coming out of treatment it was still pretty low, so it made it quite scary."

After Marnie started losing her hair from chemotherapy, she was relieved to find out about 13 11 20 and speak to a cancer nurse about our Wig Service.

"Because of COVID it was all done over the phone and they let me go through the catalogue online and select what I liked best. Then it was sent out to me in the mail in about a week or so." 

Marnie using Wig Service

"Most 18-year-olds love their hair and losing that was a big part of my identity, so being able to have a wig lent to me for free was amazing."

As a community-funded organisation, we rely on generous community donations to ensure our 13 11 20 cancer information and support line can continue providing critical assistance to Australians impacted by cancer like Marnie.

Every dollar you raise for Cancer Council WA this Dry July will help ensure our cancer nurses can continue providing vital assistance to people impacted by cancer.

More information

  • Find out more about Dry July.
  • Call our 13 11 20 information and support line to learn more about our services and resources.

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