A woman who suffered a terminal diagnosis from breast cancer has taken on her fight to save her job after she was told her job as a nurse could be at risk.
Theresa Burt is now the first in her family to have lost her full-time job after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February last year.
“I was just so excited about this,” she said.
“My husband and I went to the doctor and they said, ‘We can’t do this because it’s your cancer’.”
I think it’s important for people to realise that you can have a really positive outcome with treatment and that there’s nothing wrong with being able to do that.
“Mrs Burt’s husband, David, is a full-timer in the nursing profession.”
It’s so hard.
We’re a couple of nurses, we’ve been married for 30 years, we have four kids, we live on the same street, we are proud of our home town,” he said.
Mrs Birt was told by the state of Victoria in November that her job was at risk due to the condition of her lung.”
They told me my lung was failing and that I would never be able to work again,” she told the ABC.”
Then I had an MRI and it was so bad, my doctors couldn’t say anything, I was so worried, I just had to give up.
“Her employer, The Commonwealths Health Network, contacted her and assured her it was working with her and her family.”
The staff were extremely professional, they made sure we were all taken care of, they offered me a very, very nice Christmas card that I’ll never forget,” Mrs Burt said.’
I’ve been doing this for 20 years’A spokesman for The Commonwealth’s Health Network said the organisation did not comment on individual cases.”
All cases are assessed on a case by case basis, the only consideration is the health of the patient,” he told the Nine Network.”
We have a very strict internal process for the management of cases and the individual patient will be assessed on their individual case by patient basis.
“But Mrs Bunt is now fighting to save the job.”
A lot of people think that it’s the end of the world, but I’m going to keep going and I’ll keep doing it,” she added.’
Not being able do anything’It has been a challenging year for Mrs Birt.”
You’re in your mid-30s, you’ve got a baby, you’re pregnant, you just don’t know what’s going to happen,” she recalled.”
That’s what’s been really hard.
I’ve been going to hospital for so long and I’m just like, ‘Oh my god, what is going to be going to do to me?’
“Mrs Berts husband said the stress of the diagnosis was taking its toll on his wife.”
She had been doing nursing for 20-odd years and she just felt like she was doing it too much, she wasn’t getting her due and she was feeling overwhelmed by the workload,” he recalled.
Mrs S said she had been looking forward to getting married.”
But she was not going to go into this with her husband,” she explained.”
When she came to the hospital and they told her she could not work, she was like, oh my god I’ve just got to be strong and go through it.
“And I did and I got through it.”
Mrs S is now taking a class at the Commonwealths on cancer and family issues.
“For me it’s been the biggest challenge I’ve ever had,” she remarked.
“Because I’m still a nurse, it’s still the same job.
I just want to do my job and support the family.”
Topics:health,health-policy,work,family-and-children,workplace,family,health,virginia-5341,australiaFirst posted March 18, 2019 16:38:39Contact Sophie HugginsMore stories from Victoria