Lifestyle

This year, I'm running for mum

Maurine Allport in her younger years.
Maurine Allport in her younger years. CONTRIBUTED

FOUR years ago our family appeared to be the exception to the rule.

With the exception of the odd sun spot, the dreaded "C" had not found its way into our lives.

That changed in 2009. You always recall where you were when disaster strikes.

The death of Princess Diana, the terrorist attacks of September 11 - and when your mother tells you she's been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Mum (Maurine Allport) was hardly a stranger to health issues. In fact, it was those same health issues which had masked the cancer, delaying a diagnosis.

Despite the cancer having spread beyond the ovaries, both mum and our family were optimistic.

There was the usual cutting the cancer out, nuking the cancer and waiting. And, after a time, the outlook was relatively bright.

However, in early 2010 the cancer made a vicious return.

Mum was admitted for an emergency procedure to remove three large tumours from her bowel.

Fortunately, the surgeon knew the family and went ahead with the operation - given how advanced the cancer had become, he confessed the usual procedure would have been to abandon the operation and let nature takes its rapid course.

Nevertheless, she was not expected to make it home from hospital. That prognosis extended to weeks and then months.

The doctors were amazed. They could not fathom how mum survived such a massive operation and such extensive cancer, let alone walk out of hospital several weeks later and, ultimately, live for another 18 months.

What they did not know is how notoriously determined and stubborn she could be - apparently a family trait.

However, at Christmas last year it was clear the cancer was back again, and by Australia Day mum's condition was quickly deteriorating and the pain escalating.

It was a strange tug of war to be caught in - wanting relief for a loved one who was so clearly suffering, but not wanting to let them go.

She went back to hospital and from there to hospice, and on February 24 mum passed away.

Ironically, February is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

Unfortunately, this story is not an unusual one.

But it can be one which is told less and less thanks to organisations such as Cancer Council Queensland.

I've always considered being part of their annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

Not surprisingly, the timing seemed perfect this year.

Mind you, despite the fact that I am 41 mum would shake her head at my raising money by walking around an oval in the middle of the night.

Her advice would be to "make sure and rug up - you'll need wool socks and a singlet". Given recent temperatures, I'll be taking that advice.

While Relay for Life has already been in Rockhampton, raising more than $270,000, the Gladstone event is on this weekend so if you haven't already supported the cause here is your opportunity to do so.

What a great opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have been lost to cancer and those who have survived, and create hope for those who are still yet to face it.

 

HELP OUT

What: Gladstone Relay for Life

When: July 28

Where: Chanel College

To donate go to www.relayforlife.org.au/Donate.aspx or direct a cheque to Cancer Council Queensland.

Topics:  cancer council queensland charity family fundraiser health relay for life



Improving community ties one cuppa at a time

COFFEE WITH A COP: Grafton Senior Constable Paul Johnston enjoys a chat with Swan Creek local Bob Green.

Coffee With A Cop initiative kicks off in Grafton

10 things to do this weekend

ON TOUR: Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning will play in Grafton this weekend as part of their Sooner or Later tour.

Looking for something to do?

A piece of Clarence Valley heritage up for grabs

The historic house \"Ravensford\" located at 36 Villiers St in Grafton is currently on the market at McKimms Real Estate.

Take a look inside iconic home 'Ravenford'

Local Partners

Improving community ties one cuppa at a time

CLARENCE Valley police pleased with the response from the first Coffee With A Cop initiative in Grafton.


Celebrating the Clarence Valley's unique story

Lynn Baker and Penny the detection dog. Penny will be in Grafton during Heritage Near Me Roadshow which arrive in early March. Photo: Jason O'Brien

Week-long celebration of Clarence Valley's heritage

Newcastle outfit to make Yamba go 'Crazy'

GROOVY POP: Crazy Old Maurice is take to the stage at the Pacific Hotel Sunday afternoon.

Looking for a way to spend a cruisy Sunday arvo?

Bernard, Kasey, Spooky Men, and more this weekend

Mal Eastick returns with his Blues Bar on Sunday at the Yamba Golf Club.

Touring shows bring mix of genres to Clarence

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

A piece of Clarence Valley heritage up for grabs

The historic house \"Ravensford\" located at 36 Villiers St in Grafton is currently on the market at McKimms Real Estate.

Take a look inside iconic home 'Ravenford'

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Houses selling like hot cakes

HIGH DEMAND: Maclean Valley 2 Coast principal Ingrid Nott.

Valley's housing market pushed by supply shortage and jobs growth

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!