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Unveiling the power of Under Our Roof for Cindy

Cindy’s life changed after hearing 3 words – “you have cancer.”

Cindy with shaved head wearing glasses sitting inside

Cindy was living her Aussie dream – travelling around Australia, living an idyllic life as a wife and mother.

Choosing to settle in the picturesque town of Smoky Bay, Cindy was reveling in the joys of family and the country, coastal life. Little did she know that a routine breast screening would lead to those three words you have cancer.
Cindy sitting at dining table with fingers interlocking

Cindy’s diagnosis was unexpected and deadly – level 3, grade 3, triple negative breast cancer that needed immediate action. Chemotherapy, the first line of defence, became a fierce battle that left her physically and emotionally drained. “Chemotherapy almost killed me” and her doctors told her she needed to leave in 2 days for treatment.

Cindy’s journey would be 700 kilometres to Adelaide for surgery and endure at least six weeks of radiation therapy.

The burden of diagnosis and treatment was not hers alone; it cascaded onto her family and intensified her stress of leaving behind the familiar, the supportive, and the comforting. The prospect of uprooting her life for life-saving treatment in a distant city was a large burden. That’s when Under Our Roof became a beacon of hope; offering a lifeline in the form of family-style accommodation that turned out to be nothing short of a miracle for Cindy.

“You don’t know you need it, until you need it,” Cindy reflects, her voice filled with gratitude.

Under Our Roof homes, strategically located in Adelaide close to treatment centres, became a sanctuary where individuals undergoing treatment could bring their support networks with them. For Cindy, it meant having her 16-year-old daughter, her rock, by her side. Together, they faced appointments, tackled treatment discussions, and found solace in preparing dinner together in the private kitchen of their temporary home.

Cindy’s husband and son were able to maintain their lives in Smoky Bay, thanks to the accommodation provided by Under Our Roof. While Cindy fought her battles in Adelaide, her family could stay connected during weekends, finding solace in the semblance of a some-what normal life. “Every day is a good day; some are better at the moment,” Cindy shares, emphasising the profound impact that such support can have on the emotional and physical well-being of someone battling cancer.

Under Our Roof relies on the generosity of the community to keep its lights on for individuals like Cindy. It’s not just accommodation; it’s a lifeline that ensures families facing the overwhelming challenges of cancer treatment can stay together, finding strength and comfort in each other’s presence.

“To stay somewhere like this, it is life-changing for someone like me” – Cindy.

You can help support Under Our Roof for as little as $10 per month – it can truly make a difference in people’s lives. It’s more than a contribution; it’s a lifeline for families like Cindy’s. Together, we can ensure that Under Our Roof continues to provide the warmth of a home away from home.

If you’re a patient or family member interested in Under Our Roof, contact our friendly team at (08) 8244 1100 or email us at [email protected]