Our House a Sanctuary for Grafton Patients

Our House a Sanctuary for Grafton Patients
Jill Enks was diagnosed with a rare cancer in the salivary gland of her mouth, called an Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma and was referred to the North Coast Cancer Centre in Lismore for treatment. However, living in Junction Hill near Grafton meant a two hour drive each way for six weeks to have daily treatments was going to be difficult.

When Mrs Enks was told about Our House, it provided the ideal solution to her dilemma. Staying at Our House avoided all the driving and helped make her six weeks of treatment more bearable while at the same time reducing the travel and costs.

Rebekka Battista, Our House Director said “Our House was specifically built to help provide accommodation for patients and their families, as well as for people who have loved ones receiving medical treatment in the Lismore Base Hospital or the Cancer Care Centre.”

Our House is located directly across the road from the Cancer Centre and has 20 private units with access to communal areas, including a kitchen, lounge room and barbecue area.

“After having surgery in Brisbane it was really important for me to stay somewhere closer to home,” Mrs Enks said.

“Since Our House opened in December last year we have had a lot of guests from outside the 2480 postcode because the daily drive for treatment takes its toll,” said Rebekka.

“Our House is a wonderful facility, it is modern, clean and has everything you could possibly need during treatment,” Mrs Enks said.

Our House was made possible through the generosity of the local community. Even after the doors opened the community continues to give. Their kindness is ongoing and there is always someone helping out from local organisations and the sports enthused Lords Taverners, who provide a weekly dinner or barbecue for the guests.

“Our House was great for us, even though I couldn’t eat much, my husband Warren and I loved the interaction and conversations with everyone,” said Mrs Enks.

“I want to send a special thanks to Ruth and the Staff of Our House for their support during my treatment. I recommend anyone who needs somewhere to stay while having treatment in Lismore to stay at Our House” Jill added.

Mrs Enks is now at home, keeping well and enjoying the glorious Jacarandas.

To contact Our House please call reception on 6629 4350 or visit:

For more information on Our House contact Rebekka Battista:

0438 41 70 85

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