Our stories

V’s story

My Mum got lung cancer when I was 9. It was really horrible watching her go through treatment and get sicker and sicker. It made me sad and angry. My Mum died when I was 11.

It’s been really hard and tough. Grief is lots of tears and memories and missing hugs.

Mike’s story

My journey started around 15 months ago when I became breathless after I had walked up stairs. I went to the GP who sent me for a chest xray. I was called into the hospital where I had a CT scan and lung drain. Several days later they asked my wife and I to go in for a meeting. We were advised that I had lung cancer and to go home and get my bucket list sorted as I had 4 – 6 months this was 23rd May 2019.

Due to having private medical insurance through my employer I went to see the Oncologist at a private cancer care centre and was started on treatment. My costs of attending the cancer care centre was funded through my private insurance but not my medication.
To fund this, we managed to get a payout of a small life insurance policy that I had and $10,000 from Southern Cross towards medicine for cancer.

I am involved in this campaign as the only reason I am still alive is due to being able to access this medication by having private medical insurance and early access to my life insurance. I feel for people who do not even have a choice at extending their life due to finances, it must be devastating for them and their families.

X’s story

My Mum got lung cancer when I was 9. It was really horrible watching her go through treatment and get sicker and sicker. It made me sad and angry. My Mum died when I was 11.

It’s been really hard and tough. Grief is lots of tears and memories and missing hugs.

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