Couple praises cancer miracle
SUSANNE Baker should be dead.
Well, that's according to her doctors.
The Rockhampton mother of four had been given a month to live in March when doctors first found a golf ball-size tumour in her brain.
But Susanne, 60, wasn't prepared to let it beat her.
Now after various treatments, Susanne has thrashed the odds and astounded her doctors to beat the cancer.
"Her doctor couldn't believe it. He was amazed,'' Susanne's husband Ray said.
Susanne's oncologist Jason Lickliter last week told her she would not need any further treatment as all that remained of the tumour was a shell or a tail end.
"It feels like a miracle.
"We did an awful lot of praying. I must admit I did give up a couple of times, but then Ray told me we would beat it.''
Susanne's bumpy road to recovery started just a day after diagnosis when she underwent surgery at the Royal Brisbane Hospital to remove the tumour.
Then weeks later, it started to grow again.
Susanne then embarked on chemotherapy, radium treatments and lots of prayer, after ruling out more surgery for fear it could kill or paralyse her.
Susanne said she couldn't have done it without the help of her husband of 38 years.
Ray spent about five months sleeping on a lounge next to his wife's medical bed so he could hold her hand.
"My head was really warped. I was frightened,'' she said.
Ray also prepared special meals for his wife according to a diet he found in a book for cancer sufferers, which cuts out red meat, most sugar and salt.
While Susanne is still weak, she said she felt better with every day and her hair was beginning to grow back.
Ray said his Christmas had come early this year.
"It's the greatest Christmas present anyone could have.
"I wouldn't give a stuff if I didn't get another present from anyone, as long as I've got her.