A Sydney woman has taken on the challenge of helping others who have gone through the “disaster” of a heart surgery by getting on with her life after being given a “stinging” diagnosis.
Key points:Anita Lee is a breast cancer survivor who has been in a critical care unit for three yearsThe woman said her doctor told her she would be discharged from hospital within days”She had a very hard time going through it.
She had a difficult time.
She’s a resilient person, and she’s determined to continue to move forward,” Ms Lee said.”
We were told that she’d be discharged within a day, but I kept telling her it’s going to be a long time before I’m released.
I was told it would be a year.
So I was like, well, I’ve got to get on with my life, I can’t wait for that day.”
I had a hard time getting my life together, I’m a survivor, so that’s a big deal.
I just had to keep going.
“Ms Lee said she didn’t know how much she would need to make back at the surgery before she would return home.”
It’s been a really hard road, and I was given a very strong diagnosis and a very severe diagnosis, and it’s been difficult,” she said.
Ms Lee, who is also a breast Cancer Survivor Australia (BCSA) board member, said she was now taking the challenge on as part of her job.”
They’ll be there for me when I come back, and when I leave they’ll be able to look after me.””
I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, and to make sure I have my family by my side.”
They’ll be there for me when I come back, and when I leave they’ll be able to look after me.
“She said she had never had a “negative reaction” to her condition, despite undergoing a very painful procedure.”
My surgeon told me he’d be very surprised if I didn’t come back home within a week.
I’ve just been through so much and I just have so much to live for, so it’s not about me,” she added.”
If you can keep going, you can come home, and if you don’t, you’ll be okay.
“That’s what I want to be doing: working hard, getting the support that I need, and being strong, and having the confidence to get back to the job I love.”
Ms Kim said she would continue to fight against the “lack of support” in the community.
She said her husband had been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, but that was not an option because of his medical condition.
“For us, it’s always been a very positive experience to work with so many people, to meet so many different people, and see so many new people, so I really appreciate that and I’m very proud of that,” she explained.
“There’s always room for more people, there’s always support, and we just need to do what we can.”
Topics:health,cancer,health-policy,health,australiaFirst posted January 10, 2019 09:42:42Contact Rebecca Kneib at [email protected]