Harriet remembers her husband and raises a gold lantern in his honour

Harriet lost her husband John, 67 to AML in May, 2019. He was diagnosed in November 2017 and they were some of the first people to stay in the new accommodation at Stirling Cross, Innaloo.

As soon as he was diagnosed, Harriet realised they were going to have to find accommodation in Perth as soon as possible.

"I knew we were going to need accommodation, we were going to need it for a long time and, we needed it straight away."

"The Leukaemia Foundation took care of all the accommodation issues so John and I didn’t have to worry at all about that side of things freeing us up to fully focus on his treatment."

"The Leukaemia Foundation offered us so much support. Accommodation, advice, transport to the hospitals if and when required and simple but very much needed emotional support. Just knowing the team were only downstairs and the door was always open. We knew we had people we could rely on to organise all the background stuff while we concentrated on John's treatment."

"This just made everything so much easier. It just took the pressure off so I could concentrate on getting my loved one through."

John had treatment at both the Fiona Stanley Hospital and Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.

Harriet said the community at Stirling Cross was a great comfort. They would see other people from the Leukaemia apartments at the hospital who were also undergoing treatment and so were able to form strong bonds, as they understood what each person was going through. Leukaemia Foundation support services staff were also at both hospitals and always able to provide support when it was needed

Harriet is a school teacher and John was semi-retired but still drove the local school bus.

"He really just wanted to get back home and see the kids."

"He had a variety of AML that didn't respond to chemo. Eventually, he tried a trial drug, but it was just too late."

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