Sorry Kerri-Anne, but Thank You.

I love it when celebrities get major illnesses, especially cancer. Not because I’m some kind of sadist that revels in the pain of others, and not because I’m one of those those people that enjoys hearing gossip about our rich and famous. For I am neither of those things.

The sole and principal reason I get a sense of satisfaction when I hear that someone famous such as Kerri Anne Kennerley has a disease as debilitating as breast cancer is for the publicity. Every time a star hits the headlines for an issue like this, it brings the full weight of the media down on it.

Which means that more people will be talking about, not just Kerri-Anne but also, breast cancer itself. Two ladies sitting around the lunch table talking about their mum, aunty, boyfriends mother etc who have all had it because lets face it, we all know someone that has had to deal with cancer of some variety.

Even blokes talk about it now, we no longer see it as a womans problem. We see it as a family problem, a problem that if not dealt with properly, will have serious consequences for us and our children. And so, even we men are making sure you go for your screenings. We may not be ready to talk about prostate cancer so openly but at least the conversation is increasing.

Belinda Emmett, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John and now Kerri-Anne. All Australian stars that have had to face breast cancer and deal with it’s horrors while under the spotlight of the media.

Approximately 15,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Australia and thankfully nearly 90% live for 5 years or longer. Unfortunately, like Belinda Emmett, there are plenty who don’t survive the journey. Lot’s of wives, mothers and sisters won’t survive the ordeal and their families will be left with gaping wounds in their hearts to deal with long after they are gone.

Fatigue becomes a major issue after treatment as the body starts to fight back. Some of the recommendations for dealing with fatigue include relaxing and getting plenty of sleep.

Gratefully, I have never had to deal with cancer myself, so I can only imagine how hard it must be for a woman, the emotional hub of her family, to try and relax, to sleep while her partner picks up the slack for her. The stress involved for a recovering woman, trying to relax, while watching her husband desperately trying to juggle finances, watching him ever so gradually drive himself towards a heart attack. Yes, it happens.

We live in a country, where we have all the trappings of a first world life and yet we need both partners in a couple to be in active work to keep the whole machine fueled. I believe there is something fundamentally flawed with this but it is what it is.

Unlike car insurance, there’s no legal requirement to own income protection or trauma insurance policies but if you or your spouse got so sick that you needed a year off work to recover, wouldn’t you like to do it without worrying that you’ll go broke at the same time?


6 thoughts on “Sorry Kerri-Anne, but Thank You.

  1. sharonaheartspaceinspired

    Totally agree Rodney, but I have to say the 5 year statistic really gives me the s%&t$!! I know that there has to be a line drawn in the sand somewhere for statistical & analytical purposes, but it really means nothing. My sister made it to the 5 year mark…she lived 5 years & 1 month passed being advised of her diagnosis. So on the face of it, she was a success story…not for us who love her & miss her…

    However I have digressed from the purpose of your blog…insurances are fabulous & can make a world of difference. I know for Bess, being able to access her super made life a lot easier for her.

    Thanks for your post xxx


  2. rodneybukuya Post author

    Thanks Sharon, I agree.

    When I first started researching this stuff a bit over a year ago, I couldn’t believe the whole 5 year thing. I, too can see the requirement to have it. But for families, I think a 10 year statistic would also be helpful.

    An 88% percent five year survival rate, tells me not to worry too much everything will be fine once we get through this little blip we’re going to have, but I would seriously be concerned if that dropped to a 20% over ten yen years ratio.

    I would seriously feel robbed in your situation feeling that your sister was going to be ok, only to then lose her just after a statistical measure had passed.

    much love


    1. sharonaheartspaceinspired

      Thanks Rodney, we actually knew it was coming as she had been given the prognosis that treatment wasn’t working a bit over 12 months before she passed. It would be interesting to see a 10yr statistic, just out of curiosity…& of course, we must be hugely appreciative of the advances that have been made so we do get longer with our loved ones. For that I am truly thankful…& being a medium so I can still connect with her helps as well 😉 xxx


      1. rodneybukuya Post author

        I’m so glad for you that you got to say goodbye. Every one of those last moments together with her must be very special in your heart.


  3. Pauline

    Another thought provoking post, Rodney. We all like to think we’re ten foot tall and bullet-proof, that nothing bad will ever happen to us, because after all, we all know that bad things only happen to bad people, right?

    I remember a quote which I think is always relevant: “Trust in Allah, but tie your camel first”.


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