I Got The Good Cancer Oh no you didn’t!

Who would have thought when my long term school friend Mel went and copied me and got cancer in the same year as me, both in our thirties and each of us with two very young children, that we would joke about who had the good cancer?

We also joked we were the 2013 version of Delta Goodrem and Kylie Minogue, stars who have survived the very same diseases we have been brushed with.  To date, that Delta and Kylie blog post I wrote on learning of the devastating news that Mel had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, still makes me teary.  Especially since a third friend of ours, who is also in her thirties with two very young children has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in recent weeks.

The real Kylie and Delta. Survivors of breast cancer and hodgkin's lymphoma.
The real Kylie and Delta. Survivors of breast cancer and hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Cancer competitions and jokes aside, we have always understood that there is no good cancer, and Mel made this point very early when she created her blog titled “I Got The Good Cancer” in jest.

Now, Mel needs our support!

Her fifteen months of gruelling treatment has not been successful to date after a year of different chemos and a stem cell transplant. There is a wonder drug that could clear her of this disease, but it’s not yet on the Australian PBS unlike the UK and Europe where it is readily available.

Mel will have three cycles of a drug called Brentuximab at a cost of $10,600 dollars a cycle and will then be scanned to see if Brentuximab is moving her towards remission. If so, she will need a full course of sixteen cycles at a cost of $169,600 dollars.

Mel has always aimed high in life and has for months been recruiting people to join the bone marrow registry worldwide. She is aiming for 100 new donors to sign up and is a quarter of the way there. She also helped to raise over $71,000 dollars for my treating hospital for women’s cancers despite her going through treatment herself and not having a women’s cancer. That’s the sort of selfless individual she is.

So lets help this Goal Shooter get to her goal!

Any funds raised in excess of funding Mel’s treatment with this drug Brentuximab will be donated to Lymphoma Australia, who supports research into one of the fastest growing cancers in the western world.

You can donate by clicking on this link  https://igotthegoodcancer.everydayhero.com/au/melissa.  Donations are tax deductible to Australian residents. Also if eligible join the Bone Marrow Donor Registry in your country, and think about donating blood.

Here we are in together in 1985 and in 2014.  Twenty-nine years on, Mel is still a goal shooter, just not in a netball sense!



Useful Links

Melissa’s story   http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/igotthegoodcancer

Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry    http://www.abmdr.org.au

Australia Red Cross Blood Service     http://www.donateblood.com.au

Lymphoma Australia           http://www.lymphoma.org.au