Almost 15 years since being told a brain tumour would kill her, Mandy Flett has just seen her daughter complete year 12.KATHLEEN TONINI November 13, 2012 4:29am
When Mandy Flett was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, her daughter Molly was just four.
Despite being told the cancer would kill her, nearly 15 years later Mandy has lived to see her daughter complete year 12 this year.
Back then, Mandy was a mother of two young children
The young family had just finished renovating its Echuca home.
A CT scan soon revealed an abnormality on her brain, and she was sent to Melbourne for surgery soon afterwards.
After the surgery it was established the tumour was malignant.
‘‘Through my tears I asked him (the oncologist) if it would kill me and he said eventually it will,’’ Mandy said.
Mandy then started six weeks of radiation therapy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Afterwards she started attending sessions at the Gawler Foundation, a healing centre which focuses on an integrated approach to health.
For 12 weeks, she did meditation, changed her diet and learnt to think positively about her diagnosis.
Mandy maintains she never thought she was going to die.
‘‘I think it was my positive attitude, I wanted to (live to) see my grandkids,’’ she said.
However, within 12 months of her initial diagnosis, the cancer came back.
Mandy had surgery again and endured 12 months of chemotherapy.
While she was getting treatment, her parents and her husband Michael’s parents travelled came to Echuca to help look after the children.
Nearly 15 years after the course of chemotherapy, Mandy is still cancer free.
She still has an MRI every six months to monitor her health and still suffers from some short-term memory loss.
She also still bears the physical scars of radiation therapy, her hair has never grown back in some patches of her scalp.
‘‘For a start I was angry, I thought that I was a good person and
‘‘Apart from that it’s just fine, you sort of just put your feelings aside.’’
‘‘I’ve got two beautiful kids and a loving husband.’’
Mandy said her illness was not a secret.
‘‘If it will help someone else, I don’t mind talking about it.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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