“She was always so positive about it, talking about how she was going to beat it. She never let on to my sisters or I if she was scared or how she was really feeling about it because she never wanted to worry us. We had asked for results after her procedure. She wouldn’t tell us in our group message, she wanted to tell us in person, so we knew then that it wasn’t going to be good news. It came as a shock to us. Many people assume, as we did, that lung cancer is a smoker’s disease. It never really occurred to us that a nonsmoker would get lung cancer,” says Jemma.
Marianne underwent treatment at Greenslopes Private Hospital, including radiation therapy at Icon Greenslopes.
“Her initial treatment was with her oncologist at Greenslopes. Then when she developed brain metastases, she was referred to A/Prof Matthew Foote at Icon for radiation therapy. She felt positive after meeting him, he was very knowledgeable and factual about what to expect,” says Jemma.