Moya was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2017 and was immediately admitted to the ONJ Centre to begin treatment.
"I was feeling tired. I also had a really sore shoulder. I thought some physio would help. But it didn't. I went to my GP who sent me for some scans and X-rays. Well, the scan showed something was not right with my neck."
Moya's scan showed she had multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer), literally eating away her vertabrae in her neck. It was so bad, that at any moment, the vertabrae could just shatter, showing how much damage the cancer had done.
"Before I knew it, I was in a whirlwind of appointments after appointments. I started radiation treatment to shrink the tumours, then two rounds of chemotherapy, even before I could have surgery to reinforce and strengthen my neck. Then back to chemotherapy once the eight-hour surgery was done." - Moya Blake
The sad reality is that Moya will live with myeloma for the rest of her life. But that diagnosis will not stop her living life and it does not stop us from providing the very best care she and every patient needs.