Survivor describes CanDo trust’s help as invaluable
IN Ulmarra and far from family and friends, Judy Hermes was at a loss when she received her fourth breast cancer diagnosis.
And she panicked.
"I didn't know what to do," Mrs Hermes said.
"In Sydney I had friends and family around and had places to stay.
"Up here, I had no one to stay with and, on a pension, had no way of being able to pay for accommodation."
Combined with the fact that this would be her first experience with radiation therapy, Julie was facing a burden she just couldn't handle.
That was until a social services worker at the North Coast Cancer Institute in Coffs Harbour put her in touch with the CanDo Cancer Trust.
"The CanDo support meant so much to me," Mrs Hermes said.
"The radiation therapy was every weekday for five weeks, and they paid for accommodation which I just couldn't afford. It really was a big load off my shoulders and combined with a community bus service that would take me back and forth on weekends, it meant I could face up to the treatment and concentrate on recovering.
She's been free of cancer for a year now and said it was important that people supported the service.
"I think people should really get behind them," she said. "I absolutely couldn't have done it without them."