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Joanna Griffith

Thank-you notes

Dear friends, I have finally finished my thank-you emails. They have taken me over a year to write.  I have tried, where possible, to add a personal touch to each one, and it has been very emotional writing them. Apologies that it has taken so long, there have been more than 777! You should be

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Joanna Griffith

July update

Well we’d always like an update to be positive, but that is something I can’t do today. I had a scan last Friday, and unfortunately it shows disease progression. There are two new metastases in my brain (fortunately not in very important bits!) and multiple small nodules in my lungs. One nodule in my lung

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Joanna Griffith

February update

Philosophy You know its funny this preparing to die thing. It feels a lot like normal life. Each day is much like it was in the past. There are some very notable differences. I work less. I spend more time clearing up and clearing out my life – decluttering and simplifying things as much as

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Joanna Griffith

Update for December 2020

Well its a long time between blog posts. Cancer update: The chemotherapy protocol I was on initially – eribulin + Keytruda (this is the really expensive immunotherapy one we/you are funding), did not work. I could feel my lymph nodes enlarging, and just prior to finishing prescribed course of treatment (8 x 3 week rounds

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Joanna Griffith

Three rounds of chemotherapy down… more to go.

This week marked the end of my third round of chemotherapy, and also my third dose of Keytruda (“pembro “).

There isn’t a great deal to report medically. I am tracking ok. Few side effects, no nasty autoimmune effects from the Keytruda – taking the brakes off my immune system can lead to my immune system attacking just about anywhere.

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August update on cancer Treatment

The first time I had chemotherapy, I cried. I had to sign a consent form that I understood just what was going to happen to me. Of course, I couldn’t read it. Most of that day was a blur, and my eyes were tightly closed. But the finality of consenting to literally poison being pumped

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Help support Jo and her family through terminal breast cancer

At age 43, with two children aged 8 and 3, Jo faces a heartbreaking and devastating situation. Right when she should be making early memories with her family, she faces a diagnosis of terminal breast cancer. Those memories are soon all her children will have left.   #ChallengeAccepted 

“It’s my dearest wish that the boys are surrounded by love and support when I’m gone…”

“I want to live long enough for Lachy and Ben to have meaningful memories of me.”

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Denise Martin

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David Fawcett

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I'm sorry this took so long to get to you but I'm working again and back on top of my finances.

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Lisa McLennan

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Dear heart, I am doing fine for crocheted companions right now so I want to pass this gift on to you. Boosting this fund as much as we can… Read more

Dear heart, I am doing fine for crocheted companions right now so I want to pass this gift on to you. Boosting this fund as much as we can is one of the concrete things we can do for you at the moment if we are far away and also lack the ability to reach into cells and tinker around. You, Simon, & the boys deserve every last bit of support, in any form, we who love you can direct your way.

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Pavlina McMaster

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Dearest, beautiful Jo, I'm finally in a position to help out a bit! Hooray for both of us for that, at least 🙂 I think about you often, but… Read more

Dearest, beautiful Jo, I'm finally in a position to help out a bit! Hooray for both of us for that, at least 🙂 I think about you often, but I apparently suck at communicating this to you, and the thoughts just happen in my head. Know that you are in my thoughts often and well. I hope you believe that I think of you every time I see an emu, after our near-pecking experience at Tower Hill, which has left me slightly mentally scarred, but forever (and perhaps paradoxically) amused in its remembrance. So many of my favourite memories of vet school involve you 🙂 I'll quit rambling now, and just say, I think of you often, and send you much love and many hugs across the ether.

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Lovely Jo. I don’t know if I have donated previously or have somehow missed this. I honestly can’t recall. Regardless, I hope this… Read more

Lovely Jo. I don’t know if I have donated previously or have somehow missed this. I honestly can’t recall. Regardless, I hope this helps in some small way to provide ongoing support to you, Simon and the family. You are such a light and Simon is one of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure to meet. Sending my love to you all ❤️

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With all the love and hugs to you, Simon and the boys.

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