As if life wasn’t hectic enough for Denise Davidson, running a semi-rural property and a family business while being the mother of five children and a proud grandmother, her world was suddenly rocked by a Stage III breast cancer diagnosis.
Denise required two operations, along with chemotherapy and 25 consecutive rounds of radiation therapy, all of which took a toll. It was after her mastectomy that a pink comfort pillow was offered to her – a gift from the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation – and she decided to call HBCF to see what was offered.
“It was the best decision I ever made,” Denise says. “They sent me a Care Pack and a fruit-and-vegetable box, they sent people out to do the lawns, and they helped get me to my radiation appointments with a hire car.”
Husband Mark was blown away by the support as Denise was too tired to drive herself on the 120-kilometre round trip from Ellalong to Lake Macquarie Private Hospital.
“We had the driver here every day, even before I went to work, ready to pick Denise up. They were just terrific and I’m so grateful for it. These guys want nothing in return either, so the more that people can donate to them the better.”
Denise is now feeling positive about her future and keen to give back to HBCF once she is fully on her feet. Already, a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday raised around $300.
“The personal touches, the care, the thoughtfulness – I’m so pleased I made that phone call,” she says.