One too many ‘heart sink’ moments prompted this doctor to act
Broken bones, burns, toothaches, and everything in between. Dr Faye Jordan has seen it all.
However, after encountering families touched by cancer, especially children, the 51-year-old emergency doctor decided she wanted to help in a very different way.
“I was struck by how difficult the journey is for families with a child with cancer, especially when I worked as an oncology registrar at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2010,” Faye, pictured here with her mum, Dell Yarham, said.
“I would often have to deliver blood test results to families. You hope that it’s something more trivial – and sometimes you breathe a sigh of relief when it is – but the tell-tale signs of leukaemia are often very apparent from the start,” she added.
“It’s a real ‘heart sink’ moment.”
For nearly a decade now, Brisbane local Faye has shaved her head for the World’s Greatest Shave – raising more than $40,000 in the process. We’re recognising Faye’s extraordinary commitment as part of this year’s International Women’s Day.
“It just seemed so incredibly easy compared to what some families deal with,” Faye said.
“I’ve been lucky enough to lead a healthy life and a capacity for a good income. In the event of a serious health diagnosis of a family member, I would not be restricted by finances and I know I would have an amazing support network.
“Unfortunately this is not always the case for those impacted by cancer; they are often faced with the need to relocate, quit jobs and leave their support networks.”
Between 12-15 March, as part of the World’s Greatest Shave, more than 150,000 people will get sponsored to shave or colour their hair to support Australians with blood cancer and fund life-saving research.
“Shaving my head and raising money each year is something achievable I can do to contribute to what the Leukaemia Foundation is doing to help people with blood cancer,” Faye said.