END OF A JOURNEY: Mary Murdock ringing the challenge bell.
END OF A JOURNEY: Mary Murdock ringing the challenge bell.

Saying a heartfelt thankyou to the hospital system

BEING told you have cancer is never an easy moment and the thought of having to be away from home for treatment can cause stress for many people who live regionally.

Mary Murdock has just been through a journey like many others before her, travelling to Toowoomba for treatments and surgery.

Despite what was no doubt a difficult time, Mrs Murdock’s biggest takeaway from the event was how grateful she was for the staff and volunteers of the health system.

An annual check-up in September this year at St Andrew’s Hospital resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis for the Warra woman.

“The day it was detected, they offered to do a biopsy whilst I was there, which they did,” Mrs Murdock said.

“The next day they rang me from the hospital to say it was cancer and from that day forth … and up to today I’ve had nothing but praise for the whole system.”

Mrs Murdock went through the public system at Toowoomba Base Hospital for her treatment and said she’s had the best of care.

“The courteousness of the people made you feel like I was a member of the family, not just a patient,” she said.

“The interaction between the three hospitals that share all the machinery – the co-ordination is just remarkable.

“I can’t speak highly enough of how luck we are to have it.”

Mrs Murdock told the Dalby Herald about her first radiation appointment, where she received a message by the time she was back at her car asking if she’d been happy with the treatment and the service she’d been given.

“From the volunteers who meet you at the door on the very first day when you’re overwhelmed with the huge building, don’t know where to go, your diagnosis and everything else, to the guy that drives the buggy,” she said.

When the time came to leave the hospital, Mrs Murdock said she cried.

“I felt like I was leaving family behind,” she said.

“To ring the challenge bell and they’ll all be standing there when you ring it – I’m truly lucky because I’ve got a very good partner and husband and wonderful friends and there’s so many people who go through this on their own and to find that up in Toowoomba – if you had to do a journey, I couldn’t think of a better place to go.”

The support has not ended since Mrs Murdock returned home.

“I’ve even had people from Dalby, the breast cancer people, drive down here to visit me since I’ve been home,” she said.

“Just to make sure that I’m coping, not really to discuss the operation or about being sick.”

For anyone who might be going through a similar health journey, Mrs Murdock had a piece of advice.

“You don’t have to worry, they’re driving the train, just be the passenger and enjoy the ride,” she said.

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