Patricia: A new twist in her life journey | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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As a spirited academic, wife, jet-setter and veteran of three countries; Patricia’s life story has been an enthralling journey, one she hopes will take another new twist as her story will be woven into the history of the fight against cancer.

Patricia has decided to make a gift in her Will and is leaving her estate to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, “I have no children or other relatives. And I want other people living with cancer to have the kind of experience that I’ve had at Lifehouse, which is special.”

“I’ve been fortunate in having a very interesting life,” Patricia says, recalling how as a young New Yorker, on holiday in Jamaica, she met her future husband, British airline pilot Jack, and moved to London to be with him.

With her first sociology degree already under her belt, Patricia settled into a second sociology degree at the London School of Economics before teaching in London. When her husband was later posted to Sydney, she refused to go unless she got a job. “So I got one. I wasn’t ready to stop work yet.”

She recalls a long and satisfying career as an academic teaching women’s studies, education and sociology at the University of New South Wales. “Then I changed life direction after a couple of decades of teaching. I don’t like to call it retiring. It’s just a new direction.”

Following the death of her husband, her days are now filled with competitive Bridge (“It’s sacrosanct!”), attending the opera and orchestral performances, reading widely and meeting her friends for lunch.

Asked the reason for her bequest to Lifehouse Patricia replies, “I have cancer. But my experience at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is as good as it possibly could be. My specialists see me as a whole person, not just a cancer patient. We talk about the concerts I’ve been to, not just about my treatment. I feel as though I’m listened to.”

But she warns that her bequest will be a long time coming. “I have no intention of dying any time soon!”

No matter the amount a gift in your Will is a thoughtful and visionary way to support the work of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. If you would like more information about bequests call Alison Muir on (02) 8514 0356 or visit:

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