Gina Rositano was surrounded by loved ones when she received the devastating prognosis of 18 months to live, due to the discovery of stage four glioblastoma, a type of fast-growing brain tumour.
It was immediately clear that while her family would prove to be a pillar of support for her throughout her ups and downs, they too felt that devastating first blow.
Just over two years ago, Gina was a fit, healthy, and active 40-year-old, working as a receptionist. It wasn’t until she noticed a persistent headache, and then fell into a sudden seizure during which she dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm in two places, that she had any idea she might not be as healthy as she thought.
No one could have predicted that her next two years would be a blur of appointments, tablets, black outs and operations, as specialists raced against the clock to improve Gina’s prognosis.
During a five-hour operation, Gina had another seizure. She woke having lost the ability to speak, adding to the frustration and fear of all that she had endured. While her speech eventually returned, the obstacles kept on coming. She was in hospital for another seven weeks as doctors tried to get her medication right and rehabilitate her arm and shoulder, and another six after that for chemo and radiotherapy.
Thanks to the generous support of the community and subsequent improvements in early detection, medication, and available treatments, the survival rate for cancers has increased to 68 per cent. Your support will continue to assist people like Gina, who has already beaten her 18-month prognosis by almost six months.
Throughout endless hospital visits, surgeries, and a rollercoaster of different medications, Gina had her children Isabella and Julian by her side. Community-funded advancements have meant that Gina has been given the gift of time to spend with family. She sees each day as another opportunity to express love, and share her inspiring story to let all those impacted know that they’re not alone.
Your donation could help someone give someone else like Gina that same precious gift .
Your donation will ensure that no family has to navigate cancer alone.
Click here to read more about the many ways Cancer Council SA supports South Australian families. If cancer has affected you or someone you love, please know that our compassionate nurses on Cancer Council 13 11 20 can provide confidential information and support to help you at this difficult time.