Mary’s Story is a must-read for all who are genuinely concerned about patient outcomes.
Mary’s Story is based on a journal kept by the author as she endured medical misdiagnosis, incompetence and cover-up. She deserved better
My beautiful friend Bec, small, dainty, cute and sweet… but there aren’t words that can describe or portray her strength, her courage or her almighty beautiful energy that is literally larger than life. It has been four years since she left this earth, but I can still feel her presence, her love and her strength every waking day.
It was 2012 when we moved next door. We were so excited to be living next door to a family with young children. Gracie and Tom would come over almost daily when we first moved in. I loved having them in my home. They were such little angels.
I remember meeting Bec, the subject of the book “Mary’s Story”, for the first time and I was in awe of her physical strength, she was so fit! As we got closer she shared with me that she was a yoga instructor and how kundalini yoga had helped her through a tough battle with a brain tumour. I was amazed! How could this strong woman have had a terminal illness?!
The more time we spent together, the more she opened up about and I witnessed the disgraceful way she was treated by her partner as well as the medical profession.
There was so much that she endured, yet she stayed strong and was solid as a rock for her young children. She was always riding bikes with them and they loved having fun outdoors. This is Mary’s Story.
After her cancer came back in 2014, decided that she could not continue to live under the same roof with a man who did not respect her or treat her the way she longed to be treated. Talk about a courageous woman! To this day, I still have never met a woman with such courage! So many women can never muster up enough courage to finally stand up for themselves, yet she was recovering from brain surgery and had young children! She was truly putting her emotional wellbeing first!
She ended it so she and her children could enjoy a life of peace and fun! She truly believed she could beat this horrible disease. This is the essence of Mary’s Story.
She gave it everything she had, she fought so hard. In between brain surgeries, after she had separated, her mum (granny Sues), Bec and I went on a weekend girls trip. Bec would get up before us and go outdoors to do her yoga, she did this daily! Again, I have never witnessed such mental and physical strength. It was then, only a few months later, that she had to undergo another surgery on her brain. She ended up in hospital for quite some time, again she had been let down by the medical professionals not listening to her and ignoring signs and symptoms. It was so very bad that there was doubt that she would pull through. Her strength and determination pulled through once again, but she ended up in rehab and unfortunately never regained all of her physical strength.
I recall on one of our last visits, I wheeled her in her wheelchair out by the lake and we enjoyed a coffee together. Tears began to roll down her cheeks, I had never seen my beautiful friend cry, no matter what life threw at her, she had always powered on with grace and strength and never complained. I wiped away her tears as I was trying to hold back mine. I held her hand and asked her if she was in pain. She nodded, I asked, “is it physical pain?” She said, “ no, it’s emotional” as we both sobbed. I held her hand and reminded her how loved she was and how strong she was and that everything was going to be ok.
Bec was and still is a beacon of light and an inspiration to women. She deserved better… we all deserve better…Kerry
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