Our beautiful Sandy, mother of two and married to her high school sweetheart, has been diagnosed with an incurable & terminal Bowel Cancer at 40 years of age! In true ‘Sandra Style’ she is focusing on ‘living’ rather than ‘dying’ and is putting in all the research and work to heal.
What is so sad & unfair about this current fight, is that it comes just three months after fighting for her life & then being given the "all clear" after already beating cancer.
This is her story...
Sandra had stomach pain for 8 months and went to the doctor numerous times for check ups. She was told it was everything from IBS to a strained muscle and was eventually sent to physiotherapy for treatment. During this treatment, she experienced excruciating pain and was rushed to the emergency room at 10 pm that night.
Tests showed she had an abscess on her ovary and they decided to perform surgery the next day to remove it. After the surgery, they left a drain in her stomach so the remaining infection could make its way out of her ovary.
Just 24 hrs later, the drain started to leak faeces and she was rushed into emergency, life-saving surgery. What they found is that her bowel had ruptured and all its contents were spread around her body. She was put into an induced coma and three surgeries later the doctors had saved her life.
She awoke with a colostomy bag, numerous scars and in pain but had survived.
However, the good news was quickly dampened when the doctor confirmed she had stage 3C bowel cancer that had attacked 16 lymph nodes. Sandra spent for 40th birthday in hospital recovering from surgery and digesting the news she had just been given... From there, Sandra received six months of intense chemotherapy and reconstructive surgeries and in February the doctors confirmed that the chemotherapy had worked and she was ‘cancer free.’
Together, we all celebrated this news with so much joy. We celebrated SANDRA, our absolute warrior - who didn’t let anything stop her from smiling. Sandy is the most selfless person, always putting others before herself. She never plays victim, never points blame, makes excuses or throws her hand ups. She just keeps smiling and loving everyone and everything around her.
Three months later, Sandra was called in for a PET scan after her blood test showed high protein. It was in that appointment that she was told she has aggressive, stage 4 cancer that had metastasised and there is unfortunately no cure for her and that she had 30 months to live!
How can life be so unfair?
Sandra instantly thought of not seeing her beautiful children grow up, of her husband having to live without her...and absolutely broke down, leaving the room sobbing like she never had before, only to then have to go home to tell her children & extended family and friends.
It’s been just over a week now and Sandra is back into her absolute positive place. She has started the recommended intensive chemotherapy in order to live for the next 29 months however she is having to completely change her lifestyle and is now trying all avenues to heal herself and this is where YOU can help! We need your help to fund her chemotherapy, alternative therapies, holistic therapies and possibly overseas clinics and experimental trials as they are a costly exercise.
Let's commit to giving Sandra the best shot at living! For herself, incredibly supportive husband Tyron, 14yr old son Connor and 13yr old daughter Allegra.
Your help would be so greatly appreciated & even if you can’t support in donating money, please hold a space of healing energy for our beautiful Sandy if you can.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Lauren (Sister), Claire & Su (friends).
- Aaron Visona
- Hannah Fullerton
- Liam Fullerton
- Karin Spriggs
- Charmaine Seymour