Publication: Bendigo Advertiser
Author: Jason Wallis
FOR Jennifer Curry the importance of cancer research is only too real.
Not only did her partner Gavin Tate suffer from non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a child, but she herself is recovering from recent surgery to treat a brain tumor.
“For two years I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and I kept going back to the doctors because I knew there was something else there,” she said.
“Eventually it was my sister who said you need to stop going to these doctors, you’re going to my doctor and I went there and he said it sounded like I had frontal lobe epilepsy and sent me for a CT scan.”
The CT scan turned up a 5.5 centimetre tumor.
Now, after surgery to remove 80 per cent of the tumor, Ms Curry’s health is improving and she’s doing her bit by shaving what’s left of her hair for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, and dontating it to charity.
Ms Curry said her whole family would join her in the effort.
“Everyone’s taking part in the colouring side of it, the two one-year-olds are out, but Meisha is (colouring) her hair and I’ve got two nieces and a nephew who are also getting involved,” she said.
Ms Curry’s mother, Leanne Molloy said her daughter’s treatment would be ongoing, but so far things were looking up.
“She’s doing well, she’s just started a new job at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre in Epsom doing a traineeship so she’s managing okay, she’s got all of us as back up,” she said.
Ms Curry was offered her traineeship two days before her tumor was diagnosed and had to put it on hold for her surgery.
Fortunately the job was still waiting for her when she returned and she hasn’t looked back.
“I was lucky enough that Jenny’s were willing to hold my job because there’s not a lot of places that would and I’ve had a lot of support from them as well,” she said.
“I love it here.”
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