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Sadly, just days after sharing her story with us, Marlene passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Supported by her sons Nik and Mat, it was her wish that we still publish her story exactly as it was written and share her important words.
Marlene Parsons has had breast cancer for 28 years and this time, the doctors are right, she is finally dying.
But she doesn’t want you to feel sorry for her. She considers herself lucky. She has had a good life, a longer one than she was initially promised, and she is grateful for all the things she never thought she would see; her sons graduating, growing up, marrying and, most of all, becoming a grandmother.
Each milestone filled her heart and gave her the motivation to keep going to get to the next one.
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But there’s only so much one person’s body can take and the 63-year-old grandmother from Gippsland Lakes in Victoria has reached the end of her life.
She’s at peace with death, she is “surrounded by love” and has decided to share her story so that others can live in hope knowing that you can live well, and potentially for a long time, with metastatic breast cancer.
“I’ve gone from a prognosis of six-12 months to live to 30 years, that’s a huge difference. I've had 28 years that I’ve stolen from cancer,” she says.
“I'm not going to apologise for making you cry because it's an emotional story and you'd have to be hard-nosed if you didn't cry.”