‘My partner David was diagnosed with a GBM (Brain Cancer) in 2016. At the time we were both working full time and leading very happy, busy lives. Our worlds changed completely after his surgery, with me becoming his carer for the 14 months of his illness, something I did willingly as I didn’t think anyone could take care of him as well as me!’ We hear from Peace of Mind volunteer and Humans in Geelong team member, Bronwyn Haskell. You can help by voting for Bronwyn to be a Westfield Local Hero, link below.
“During that time, I learnt how difficult and isolating having brain cancer can be, with little or no support in Tasmania. Sadly, David passed away in 2017 and I moved to Geelong to be near my family.
Bronwyn was keen to help others who are facing the Brain Cancer Journey. She found Geelong based Peace of Mind Foundation which offers support to families in this situation. Since then, she’s helped over 235 families deal with a devastating brain cancer diagnosis.
She uses her lived experience to lead online and face-to-face support groups. She recently formed a bereavement support group for women who have lost their partner.
Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Bronwyn is successful, the Peace of Mind Foundation will use its funds to cover the costs of a retreat for 30 carers, counselling sessions and the bereavement support group.
Vote for Bron before August 30th. It’s quick and easy. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/4f479v7j
Thanks, Bron for being an inspiration and also a huge support within the Humans in Geelong team.