It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing to tell you that our beloved Sally Brocklehurst is extremely sick as the neuroendocrine cancer tumours she held at bay for a year have now tragically spread into her beautiful brain.
Sal became very quiet in the last two weeks of January and started experiencing severe headaches on the 26 January. She had such a happy sojourn in Sydney with Nick, Paul and me for two weeks over New Years. Then when the headaches increased in severity and on the advice of her Doctor I took her to Coffs Harbour for a brain MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) on Friday 2 February. The MRI revealed a large tumour deep in the left side of her brain plus 2 smaller tumours in the same area, then new growth was shown on her latest MRI and the possibility of more tumours in a further scan on 15th February.
As you can imagine we have explored every possible option employing a combination of the best natural health and allopathic methods. It seems that almost every day one of us is expressing gratitude for Australia’s fantastic medicos and medicare system. Sal’s wonderful local GP Dr Phil has gone above and beyond the call of duty and even accessed the ‘finest neurosurgeon in Australia’ only to learn that surgery to remove the tumours present too high a risk of paralysis and potential loss of speech and more. Sal took literally two seconds to register this news and firmly declined surgery.
I understand that this tragic development will be shocking and painful for you so please rest assured that Sally is lovingly supported by her partner Nick Texidor and sister Lisa Brocklehurst and me Cedar. Our wide variety of useful skills support Sal with Lisa’s broad nursing experience with special talents in the use of allopathic drugs and procedures in the medical system. Nick and Lisa are exemplary in their gentle attentiveness and the four of us have a very harmonious temporary short-term rental home in Spring Hill Brisbane.
The proposed specialist plan of action is for Sal to have ten stereotactic radiation sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. However, radiation therapy has not yet commenced as it takes meticulous planning to ensure Sal is getting the best dose for her specific tumours.
There is still a very real risk that treatment may not be an option by next week because the inflammation around the large tumour is too acute at present. Sal is on high doses of steroids to hopefully address the swelling with regular morphine and long-lasting pain relief to help her cope with the excruciating head pain that she experiences in spasms many times throughout each day.
Please understand that Our Sal can barely talk above a whisper and is unable to hold a conversation or receive visitors. If you would like to convey a message, one of us will read it to her when she’s up for it as her lucidity comes and goes. We ask for no flowers or gifts however we’d be most appreciative if anyone would like to make a financial contribution to help with the expensive rental, drugs, naturopathics, health foods, living expenses etc. We are so grateful to the two dear friends who have already made generous donations that have helped defray costs to date.
I am administering Sal’s finances so you can either direct deposit into her
Commonwealth of Australia account BSB 063 244 Account 1032 7568
or my PayPal at Cedar Rivers email@example.com Please write ‘Sally’ in the description.
The radiation treatment may not be able to proceed and we really have no idea how long we will be in Brisbane. However, we have the first choice for extending the rental if needed with our real estate agent. The initial plan is/was to return home on the 11th March a day after Sal’s 39th birthday.
Sal’s incredible courage in the face of all that is happening to her is truly remarkable. Her usual quick thinking multitasking abilities are now vague and she struggles to find words when she does have the strength or desire to speak. The photos show her journey with the last two taken on 15th February before she became bedridden.
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