Cancer survivor defies all the odds

Lowleen Buchner was the guest speaker at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Lavender Day morning tea yesterday.
Lowleen Buchner was the guest speaker at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Lavender Day morning tea yesterday. Erin Smith

LOWLEEN Buchner is a true survivor.

Just over 30 years ago Lowleen was told she had terminal cancer.

Her doctors said she had a week to 10 days to live.

"As you can see I didn't die," Lowleen said.

"No-one knows why I survived.

"I had 12 months of chemotherapy - it was supposed to just be palliative.

"For the next 17 years doctors told me I was still going to die.

"After that my doctor said he would be surprised if it got me now."

On November 12 last year Lowleen celebrated her 30th year of remission, just months before the Warwick branch of the foundation celebrates their 30th birthday.

"It is amazing to me how much connection my life has with this branch of the Leukaemia Foundation," Lowleen said.

The survivor grew up in Warwick and attended Warwick State High School.

She did not let her cancer stop her from reaching her goals - continuing to study at university during her chemotherapy treatment.

"At the time I was studying psychology because I wanted to be a counsellor," Lowleen said.

And after being a consultant psychologist with the Leukaemia Foundation for the past 26 years, it is safe to say she was quite successful.

Yesterday Lowleen took to the stage at the Warwick Senior Citizens Centre for the charity group's Lavender Day fundraising event as the guest speaker.

The hall was filled with people wearing their best lavender clothes and accessories.

President of the Warwick branch of the Leukaemia Foundation Graham Buchner, who is Lowleen's brother-in-law, said he was impressed with the turn-out.

"I imagine it will be quite a successful morning," Mr Buchner said. "I would like to thank the caterers for the wonderful job they have done."

Mr Buchner said the event was just one of the many fundraising events held by the branch to raise money to help find a cure for leukemia.

Topics:  cancer cancer survivor leukaemia foundation leukemia

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