Glenda's Support Fundraiser
- By: Glenda Bennett
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/glenda-bennett
Well! I have gone from wanting a car in a few short months to requiring a walker, in time to come a wheelchair and of course oxygen.
During a routine visit to the urologist he picked up an enlarged kidney and felt a mass in my tummy, he sent me for an ultrasound which clearly showed a large tumor about a third of the size of the liver. He spoke with my oncologists who suggested a CT scan from the neck down. The following week I met with the oncologist to be told this was throughout my liver and lungs. To start on chemo the following week. A mix of 2 chemos and with do 3 sessions and then a rescan to see if they can stop the spread.
The chemo side effects are not great, the fatigue and muscle and joint pain are really bad. So my private GP provides me with what I need, last month meds came to R550.00. Dental work R1970.00.
Due to the severe neuropathy, I now need a walker to help my balance. I will in time need a wheelchair and of course oxygen. I have been wearing nappies now for 2.5 years.
Sadly the part-time job that I started in May I needed to resign and finished there last month, thankfully, I am doing a set of books from home which pays my rent. I supplement my income with my sewing and my craft. But as I become weaker that may not be an option.
I wanted to fly to Australia for one last visit my daughter and her family but this is a definite no-no.
So now it is trying to keep comfortable and enjoy the time I have enjoying what I love most.
Yesterday I was unwell possibly effects of chemo and today short of breath will monitor this over the weekend and will see my GP if it persists. I have been trying so hard to keep my lungs strong.
I am also looking into homes with frail care so when the time comes that I can no longer care for myself I have somewhere to go.
The cost of a lightweight foldable wheelchair would cost R4896 and the walker with wheels and a seat R1681, the oxygen concentrator costs R12500. The medication varies month to month as required and I could use assistance with cost of nappies. I try and shop around for the best deals. But this runs into about R400 a month.
So my needs are many and I am so grateful that helped me towards getting a car, those funds have been used for my day to daycare.
*As per the campaign creator's request, funds raised for the wheelchair/walker and oxygen concentrator will be transferred directly to the supplier. The remaining funds will be transferred to Glenda to manage.*
My name is Glenda Bennett, I am almost 66 years of age. I was diagnosed with cancer of the cervix stage 3B in January 2018.
I had resigned my position in medical practice due to fatigue and put it down to the long hours I was working. I handed back my car which was in the company's name. I was hoping to look for a job with fewer hours, however, started having symptoms relative to cancer.
I have had 2 surgeries followed by complications and a wound not healing. Eventually started my radiation and chemo in November 2018 finishing in January this year. I am negotiating a position with a medical practice for a few hours each day, but the area is not on a bus route so will need to Uber which is costly.
I am hoping to save for a little second-hand car.
I am hoping to find a suitable little car which will help with getting to work. Having been unemployed has been exceptionally hard for me and have had to rely on the generosity of many for my basic needs. Cancer is no joke! But I only need to return in six months time and want to get on with the gift of living each day to the full.
Being able to work again is going to change many things for me. It will stimulate my brain which has been affected by chemo. But will allow me to be independent again and help others in need. I have a mentally challenged brother whom I will be able to visit again and my sister in law in a frail care home. I am already making Morsbags to alleviate the use of plastic bags. I am involved with fundraising for Marsh Memorial Children's Home.
The sooner I can raise the funds the easier my life will become. Having transport will change my life in such a positive way. To be able to get to hospital visits, work, and the many organisations I am involved with. Many will be blessed as a result.
I have seen that I could buy a little second-hand car with RWC or in a roadworthy condition for R30,000. Mr. John Salway who has a greater knowledge of purchasing vehicles has kindly offered to assist me once I have funds.
*Funds raised will go directly to the relevant car salesperson*
- Jun 07, 2019 - USD $ 6.66
- "Hope you will soon be on the road in your car, living life to the fullest and spreading joy. Best wishes " - A friend of Shirley's :)
- Jun 07, 2019 - R 50.75
- "Wish it could be more, sista" - Anonymous
- May 16, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Good luck with your efforts" - Harold Marsberg
- May 16, 2019 - USD $ 35.17
- "Let's get your wheels Glenda! " - Janet & Pamela