Nicci fights back after cancer diagnosis
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
NICHOLA McLennan was told she only had six months to live ? that was six years ago.
The cancer she was diagnosed with in 1999 should have claimed her life by now, but she wouldn't let it, even after battling through several sessions of chemotherapy.
After four sessions of the treatment, Nichola (known as Nicci) was told by her doctors the cancer had spread through her bones and into her liver.
Nicci said the doctors had told her she did not have much time to live.
'For the past six years I have lived my way through cancer, turning to natural medicines,' she said.
Beside the obvious physical effects the cancer has had, Nicci's life has suffered in other ways.
Diagnosed with depression six months ago, one thing Nicci lost and now misses is the support of her friends.
'During the time I had cancer I found a lot of people I know who stopped talking to me, basically because they didn't know what to say,' Nicci said as she wept a tear.
"That was the worst part for me, finding out that I no longer have any extra support, which I needed.
'I wanted people to talk to me, because the best thing for me was to talk about it.'
She said the support of some of her friends and family were important for her, because without them she doesn't believe she would have made it this far.
Nicci said although she was depressed she continued to stay positive about her life span.
'My motivation to continue with life has allowed me to get through, however I can't continue to rely on and wear out the support I have,' she said.
Now Nicci is making an emotional plea to the public to help support her both financially and emotionally.
Nicci receives no financial assistance at all from the government because natural medicines do not qualify for rebate.
Nicci's close friend Sue Pegg said Nicci required more support.
Sue said Nicci needed emotional support, someone to comfort her and someone she could call on.
'Both myself and a couple of others are here for support, however she still needs a little more help.'
Sue said she had organised raffles, car washes and sausage sizzles to help raise money to assist towards paying for her alternative medicines to help her get through her life living with cancer.
Nicci, who is a mother of three, said she often felt drained of energy.
'Making my juices, vacuuming the floors and sometimes even getting out of bed is difficult,'' Nicci said.
'When I do too much I become tired and worn out.'
Anyone wishing to help support Nicci either financially or emotionally may phone Sue on 0409 623 409.