Cancer can turn your whole life upside down

I went to my GP who sent me for scans. The scan showed something was not right with my neck... Moya, onj patient
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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.

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You can help people live better with cancer

Your donation will go directly to helping fund wellness programs at the ONJ Centre, giving genuine and much-needed support to patients and their families as they go through one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.

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Your gift will make such a difference to people like Moya

"After my stem cell transplant I was really struggling with so much pain in my neck and feeling terribly unwell. To have an oncology massage therapist come to my room and massage my neck to help relieve the pain was just amazing. Whoever pays for that should be applauded." Your gift will help us be by our patients' side from diagnosis, supporting them throughout their journey and into survivorship.

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