Lifestyle

Tables turn for cancer sufferer

Michelle Ballantyne helps others in her line of work and is now asking for your help to conquer inoperable cancer.
Michelle Ballantyne helps others in her line of work and is now asking for your help to conquer inoperable cancer. John Gass

CANCER sufferer Michelle Ballantyne is determined the disease is not going to rob her children of their mother.

"Cancer will absolutely not cheat me out of seeing my kids grow up," Mrs Ballantyne said.

The dedicated Careflight administrator and mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable cancer.

"I am going to fight for my life," she said.

"I'll decide when it's time for me to go."

Her cancer began in the colon, progressed to the liver and she only recently received news that it had spread to her lung.

"I had no symptoms," she told the Daily News.

"It has been a real blow. I've always been strong and supported others.

"It's strange to be comforting others about my own possible demise.

"It's hard when your seven-year-old child asks if you are going to die and then asks what will happen to her."

Mrs Ballantyne has two daughters aged nine and seven.

She is still reeling from her mother's death from cancer 18 months ago.

Friends say her only real hope of survival is Photodynamic Therapy in China, which costs $17,000 a treatment and she requires three treatments.

This cost does not include travel and accommodation.

A group of her friends is working to raise money for her family to help relieve some of the financial pressure.

"We are also determined to try and raise the $80,000 required to get her to China for treatment," said friend and co-worker Renee Buckingham.

"We believe, with exposure and persistence, we could raise this money and potentially save a young mother's life."

Mrs Ballantyne is pleading for others to "listen to their bodies".

"Don't take any chances," she said.

"Don't put yourself through the terror I've experienced.

"It's an emotional rollercoaster.

"I can handle my mortality but it's what my family could go through that worries me."

Willing helpers can show their support on Smiles for Michelle Day, which includes barefoot bowls, an auction and raffles, on Sunday, August 5 at Tugun Bowls Club starting at midday.

Donations are also welcome. Phone Renee on 0421 381 023 or email reneeb@careflight.org.au.

Topics:  cancer, china, health, tweed



Tweed council date confirmed

Tweed residents will elect a new council on October 29 after candidate death forced reschedule.

Tweed to head to polls on October 29 after candidate death delay

Tweed deluge breaks rainfall records

Harrison Powick and Amy van den Akker have some fun at Murwillumbah after heavy rain.

August average rainfalls demolished.

Latest deals and offers

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Chris Hemsworth surprises kids at hospital as Thor

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston surprised children at hospital

Single-day tickets on sale for each date of Falls Festival

LAUNCH: The Avalanches' Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi were the official DJs at the Byron Bay launch of Falls Festival 2016/17.

Find out when is each artist playing this year in Byron Bay

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep