Sue sees centre's worth

WITH an expected 18-months left to live, Sue Johnson may never get to hear her nephew and grandson speak their first words.

The 40-year-old Emerald woman was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last year.

The disease later spread to her bones, prompting doctors, who initially told her she had about 10-15 years to live, to revise their estimate to between 18 months and two years.

Sue is one of the first to stay in the new $2 million Central Queensland Cancer Support Centre in Rockhampton that's providing a home away from home for regional cancer patients who travel to the city for treatment.

Yesterday, with her husband, who is also staying at the centre, by her side, they shared in the official opening alongside Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Paul Lucas and other leading politicians joined with Cancer Council Queensland staff to officially open the doors of the new centre.

Sue, who is one of 1000 Central Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer every year, said when she first found out, she was shocked and full of questions.

“At first I asked what about my future and could I have done more to prevent this?” Sue said.

Despite her cautious nature to self-check her breasts after her aunt died of breast cancer, the lump was so deep that she would not have found it herself.

“It turned my life upside down,” Sue said.

But Sue and Ian's strong faith is helping them through their difficult ordeal.

“I am hoping for a miracle, but if that fails, I just want to be a good example for other cancer sufferers,” she said.

Already working her way through a “bucket list” of her own, and despite being in a wheelchair, Sue is determined to live every day to its fullest.

“We want to visit every capital city in Australia and I want to go back to my home town in the Sunshine Coast to visit my nephew and grandson,” Sue said.

Sue has recently gone back to work part-time at ZinkHI radio station in Emerald.

Sue and Ian come to Rockhampton for her treatments every three weeks.

The accommodation, which has six new short-term self-contained units, in addition to two existing units, will provide a place of comfort for patients to stay during their treatment visits.

The Rotary Club in Emerald, of which Sue and Ian are members, raised $3000 towards the building.

I want to go back to my home town


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