Breast cancer alters Leanne?s life forever

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GREG Clifford has a special visitor at his place this week. His niece Leanne Bradshaw and her two small sons are up from Brisbane having a lazy couple of days.

Greg's 29-year-old niece is a spe- cial visitor because she has been di- agnosed with an aggressive breast cancer only months after the birth of her second son, Riley.

"I thought the lump was just milk but after an examination by my GP he said it wasn't milk and that I needed to get it checked out immediately.

'After many tests it was found to be a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer - grade two invasive ductal carcinoma to be exact.'

Leanne's problems didn't stop there.

She discovered a drug called Her- ceptin was available but the cost was a staggering $55,000.

The drug is readily available and has been so successful in clinical studies that doctors call it a medical marvel. But Leanne can only access this drug under government funding when she is in the last stages of her disease.

'I decided to go public with my story on A Current Affair two weeks ago so people would be aware of this,' she said.

'In order for me to have this treatment and for it be most effec- tive, I have to start on the drug 12 weeks after my first chemotherapy session.

'We thought we had no chance of getting this treatment.'

But fate had other plans and an anonymous donation of $55,000 means Leanne will begin treatment around Christmas.

In the meantime her husband Scott is walking to Sydney to raise money and awareness about breast cancer and its treatment.

'So far $140,000 has been donated and we are in the process of setting up a trust so that women who need treatment can access funds to help them,' Leanne said.

If you want to make a donation visit Leanne's website leannebrad- shaw.com



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