Senior Sergeant Wendy, located at Mt Gambier received a Member Health Grant from SA Police Legacy after being diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram. Here’s Wendy’s story . . .
“In February 2020 I was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram. I did not have any signs or symptoms and was feeling fit and fabulous! The next few weeks were a blur as I attended specialist appointments and underwent several surgeries in Adelaide – at the time Covid-19 was exploding across Australia. I remember listening to the surgical team talk about only performing emergency surgeries due to the anticipated strain on the hospital system just as the anaesthesia was taking affect. Fortunately (but unfortunately) my cancer surgery was considered an emergency. The recovery from surgery was long and painful and involved short stays in hospital, care from my local health network and even more trips to Adelaide for post-surgical review. My husband and kids came with me on each trip to Adelaide to provide support, however with each trip we had to pay for hotel accommodation and meals away from home.
The physical, emotional and financial cost of living in a regional location and having to travel to Adelaide for cancer treatment was significant. Following surgery I received chemotherapy for 4 months which was able to be administered locally. Radiotherapy was considered but the closest Radiological Service was 200 kilometres away in Warrnambool, which equated to a 400 kilometre round trip per day. The alternative was to temporarily reside in Adelaide for 5 weeks away from family and social supports. Adelaide for me was a 1 000km round trip.
As the financial costs mounted I reached out to SA Police Legacy, who were able to provide a financial grant, which assisted greatly with costs associated with cancer treatment. I encourage all members of SAPOL to support SA Police Legacy because you never know when a serious illness or injury will strike, nor can you anticipate the financial, emotional and social toll it will have upon yourself and your family.
Since being treated for cancer I have increased my fortnightly donation to SA Police Legacy as a way to simply say ‘thank you’ but also to support other members who may have their own challenging health journey in the future.”
We are so grateful that Wendy has shared her story. Being about to provide Member Health Grants is only possible because of the generosity of member donations, sponsors and fundraising. If you can, please consider increasing your payroll donation to $5 per fortnight (for serving police officers) or donating directly via our website.