Her dreams took flight
BEING on kidney dialysis for six long years could have broken her spirit, but instead Patsy Bundjulahm Nagas has become even more determined to embrace life.
The Kyogle woman, knowing her health isn't in a great place, has taken things into her own hands and written herself up a bucket list of things she wants to do before her time is up.
Six months ago Aunty Patsy wrote the list and has now crossed off the first item - a helicopter ride.
Thanks to the help of a local nurse, it was all organised that Aunty Patsy would be have her first helicopter ride - over the Northern Rivers, even passing over her house where all her relatives stood, waving up at her.
"It was a wonderful experience," Aunty Patsy said.
Being a home dialysis patient, undergoing up to four days a week on the machine and resting on the days in between, she said life could be very lonely and depressing.
For someone who used to work three jobs and live and work on a farm before her diagnosis, the change of lifestyle has been hard.
"We (home dialysis patients) are basically just stuck at home all the time," she said.
But she didn't want that to stop her doing the things she wanted to do most. And so she's doing them.
Now Aunty Patsy wants to visit some sites very special to her and her family in order for her to have some "spiritual healing" - first Stradbroke Island, then Cloncurry and Darwin.
She'd like to go to Hamilton Island, and then her number one: go on the Dialysis Escape Line, a cruise ship for dialysis patients with machines onboard to accommodate them.
"You are never too sick or too old to write a bucket list and try to achieve it for your own wellbeing," she said.
Her message: "Try something different - spice your life up a bit!"