Prue determined she will fight off leukaemia
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
PRUE North was living every 25year-old's dream, travelling the world without a care ? until that all changed.
After 18 months living and working in the UK, Prue was about to start the trip of a lifetime through Europe when she was told she had leukaemia.
On the other side of the world without her family, Prue was admitted to hospital immediately for treatment.
'They put me in hospital the same day as I found out,'' she said.
Back in Gladstone, Prue's parents were none the wiser.
'We were actually camping at the time and didn't find out until she was in hospital,' Prue's mother Noni explained.
Because of Prue's condition she could not travel back home, so her parents cancelled their own overseas trip and jumped on a plane to be by their daughter's side. But for Prue, while there was plenty of support for her in London, having her parents there made all the difference. 'I was lucky I lived with such wonderful people,'' Prue said. "(But) I guess it's just different having your parents there compared to anyone else.'
For many, finding out they have leukaemia can be a shattering experience, but Prue merely considers it a temporary inconvenience, with her already planning another trip overseas.
'I am so stubborn that I know this won't beat me,' Prue said. After successful treatment in London, Prue made it back to Gladstone last week and has now gone to Brisbane for another two months of treatment.
Her mother will stay with her, while her father Ian who owns his own local business will travel back and forth.
Prue explained that while 'telling the whole of Gladstone' that she has leukaemia may look strange, she wanted to tell her story in order to raise the profile of the Gladstone Walk of Hope under way.
Aimed at raising $100,000 for an accommodation unit, the walk has earned the praise of of Prue's mother who knows better than most the importance of having somewhere to stay while her daughter undergoes treatment.
'We have been very lucky, the Leukaemia Foundation found us accommodation very quickly which is great,' she said.
Prue encouraged locals to get behind the walkers as they continued their journey towards Brisbane.