For Karen Patricia Galiazzo (nee Brownlow)
18th January 1960 - 27th December 2021
Karen was many things to many people. A sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend. To us, she was both a beloved wife and caring mother. She was a warm and caring woman with a big heart, who expressed genuine interest and empathy toward others. She was also her own person, who did things her own way, in her own time.
In late 2013, Karen was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma. In early 2014, she soon underwent surgery to remove a large 10kg tumorous growth. In order to remove the mass, she sacrificed a kidney and portions of her digestive system, and she was "re-plumbed" as she would often describe it.
After several weeks of recovery in hospital, she finally came home to us. The surgery, while successful, meant that she had to adjust to her "new normal" over the next several years. However, we were very grateful that our stubborn and resilient Karen was still in our lives. A cancer survivor.
In early 2020 the worst happened as her cancer made a resurgence. As the world began to contend with the impact of a viral pandemic, Karen had to face multiple inoperable growths and the prospect of another onslaught of various chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments. the side effects of which greatly affected her quality of life.
The new growths were draped over her abdominal aorta, remaining kidney, pancreas and her stomach. The side effects from the treatment combined with the impact of the growths themselves severely affected her daily life in several ways. Suffering through this during the pandemic limited her ability to see her loved ones, which weighed on her greatly.
She left us suddenly when the growths started to shut down her internal organs. Nobody should have to experience what Karen endured. The solace we have in her passing is that she is no longer in pain. She was spared a long, slow decline which she was adamant she wanted to avoid.
In Karen's memory, it is our wish that you consider making a contribution toward ongoing cancer research in her name. So that one day individuals can be treated without losing their quality of life and never have to suffer from this insidious and aggressive disease.
The Galiazzo family thanks you for your time and generosity.
- Paul, Luke, Simon and Edie on behalf of Karen