It was on the return from a road trip across the United States in 2016 that retired Registered Nurse Penny Wright was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus.
Having retired to the Mid North Coast of NSW in 2013, Penny had to return to Sydney to attend chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. As her cancer could not be surgically removed, Penny had to undergo a challenging radiotherapy regime which left her unable to eat and with difficulty speaking.
“The internal burns from the radiotherapy meant I couldn’t swallow and I was very dehydrated. I had to be admitted as an inpatient – the treatment I received saved my life.”
Unfortunately, Penny’s cancer recurred earlier this year. She credits her support network; including her partner Sharyn (pictured above, with Penny), her brother Peter and Lifehouse radiation oncologist Dr Regina Tse with giving her the confidence to face treatment again.
“I’m just so grateful for the treatment I’ve had from every single person at Lifehouse,” Penny says. ”I could not have asked for better care.”
We wish Penny all the best for her next round of treatment.
If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one’s health, please don’t hesitate to contact our advice line #askChrisOBrienLifehouse on 02 8514 1414.