Belinda Franklin (nee Snellgrove) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, in November 2013,
after noticing an inverted nipple. As
you can imagine this shocking news rocked them, being only one month away from
their very first wedding anniversary.
In the months to come Belinda was also trying to heal what
was thought to be a rotator cuff injury. After further investigation it was revealed the cancer had unfortunately
metastasised into her shoulder. She has
now been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
On the 5th of August 2014 Belinda had a major
back spasm, immobilising her to the point of needing full time care. Her loving husband Tom quickly decided to
leave his employment in order to become her full time carer. Belinda continues to be immobilised with the
cancer, being basically bed bound. She
has extremely limited use of her right arm due to the tumour and relies on
others to shower her and help with basic daily functions. Since her diagnosis she has lost at least 20
kg but thankfully now is managing to maintain her weight and making small
weight gains weekly.
The road to recovery for Belinda is long, but with the help
of her family and friends, she is managing to maintain a positive outlook and
is taking one day at a time. In the
photo below you can see she is putting on a very brave face. On this day she was feeling up to a short
outing for a brief revitalising dip in the salt water. The energy required for her to do this was
immense and exhausting. Walking any
distance, when she actually can, is very slow and requires support.
Belinda is undergoing extensive treatment to heal her body
and the cancer. For someone who has
always been aware of her health and wellbeing it is certainly clear that cancer
does not discriminate. Her treatment is
expensive and with no wage being earned, their personal funds are desperately
Amazingly through all of this Belinda and Tom have managed
to maintain an extremely positive attitude. She has many challenges ahead of her and will continue to overcome them
by taking one day at a time. Their whole
life has been put on hold as they deal daily with the task of treating this debilitating
and indiscriminate illness.
It’s a massive request, but we would like to ask our
community for some financial assistance to raise funds in order to help Belinda
and Tom pay for her continued treatment and rehabilitation. Hopefully we can get some people around us
and make this happen for my beautiful sister. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and we thankyou in advance for
sharing this link with others who may also be in a position to help.