Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

A Mother's Garden; A Son's Tribute to His Sparkling Flower

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

A Mother's Garden; A Son's Tribute to His Sparkling Flower

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Byline: IN THE GARDEN with Duanne Karle

ON AUGUST 11, 1946, a beautiful flower burst forth into the world.

This flower stood out from all the other flowers in the garden.

Its sparkle and brightness outshone all of the others.

All the bees and butterflies were drawn to the flower, because they felt so good when they were around it.

Sadly the flower was struck down with a horrible disease.

The flower's colour began to fade and petals started to fall until, after a long and strong fight, the flower finally succumbed to the disease on September 17, 2015, after standing proud in the garden for 69 years.

The flower's sparkle remained until the end.

Its falling petals touched the others around it as they floated to the ground and its seeds have sown memories, which will regrow in the garden year after year and remind all the flowers and insects of the happiness the flower brought to them in the garden.

This unique and rare flower to which I refer is my beautiful mum, Elizabeth -- Liz -- Anderson.

My mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on her birthday two years ago.

Her strength and positivity helped her fight this insidious disease for an unprecedented time.

There is no cure for pancreatic cancer. As with most cancers, research relies heavily on donations from the community and that raised by foundations, such as the Jane McGrath Foundation.

There is very little publicity for pancreatic cancer and it is one of the nastiest.

However, this year a new rose -- The Opportunity Rose -- was released, with sales benefiting pancreatic cancer research.

This attractive orange rose is available at your local garden centre.

There are many symptoms of pancreatic cancer including back pain and reflux.

Mum endured these symptoms for a long time, with her GP never sending her for further investigation. It was only when she changed doctors that her cancer was diagnosed immediately. Sadly it was too advanced. …

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