How to achieve balance | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
 In Inspiring Stories, Lifehouse News, Patient Stories

Margie Moore AM was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer — a type of cancer that tests positive to a protein that boosts cancer cell growth, and therefore is often more aggressive.

Margie has undergone two surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

Throughout her treatment, she has made frequent use of the LivingRoom, accessing therapies that help alleviate side-effects like nausea, fatigue and anxiety.

“Every person treating me has been meaningful and they’ve all added wellbeing to my journey,” said Margie.

“The treatment unfortunately makes you feel pretty rotten. But the LivingRoom gives a balance.

“I’ve found acupuncture particularly useful because I’ve had neuropathy in my fingers and toes. Lymphoedema massage has been most helpful and Jessica has been training Paul to continue it daily for me at home. Mindfulness and counselling have been amazing. It all helps to keep you going.”

Jessica Kyneur is a physiotherapist who specialises in lymphoedema massage.

“They give you signposts for how to move through your journey and that’s so valuable. The cancer experience is something completely new and you know it’s not going to be all that good, and you don’t know how to prepare for each new step and symptom.

“Just having someone who cares about you tell you something, like ‘oh you’re doing radiotherapy next, make sure to moisturise your skin’, is just so meaningful and helpful. There is a sense of ongoing care as well as working with you on a specific treatment basis.”

Margie’s husband, Dr Paul Hutchins AM, a retired developmental paediatrician, said “the human body, brain and soul is so complex that many different systems of understanding, treatment and support can be effective.”

“I am so impressed by how the whole LivingRoom team, both clinical and administrative, works together to tailor support to the individual and their partners, and to evaluate the impact of this support.”

“This end of the medical spectrum is about wellbeing and support.”

“It’s about keeping you going from the beginning through to the future as patient and partner, however much or little you can manage to do.”

This is Holistic Care.

It’s all about caring for the whole person and not just treating the disease.

“This end of the medical spectrum is about wellbeing and support.”
— Dr Paul Hutchins AM

“Integrative oncology uses evidence-based interventions to keep people living well from the time of diagnosis of cancer and beyond.”
— A/Prof Judith Lacey

To read more stories like Margie’s, please visit our 2018-19 annual review.

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