RDNS a ‘lifesaver’ for inspirational great-grandmother

With her strength, determination, will to live life to the fullest - and a little help from RDNS - 98-year-old Jean Croxton has triumphed over many of life’s toughest challenges.

A self-confessed fighter, the Adelaide great-grandmother has had more than her fair share of hardships.

At 12 years of age, Jean received third-degree burns to her whole body. The second blow came at the age of 21, when Jean was given 18 months to live after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Determined to survive and fight on, Jean beat the odds and has lived with a colostomy bag for close to 80 years.

“My doctors always said that my life could be cut short at any time. I have never let this stop me from living and loving life to the fullest,” Jean said.

For more than five years, Jean has received care from RDNS, which has allowed her to live independently in her own home.

Jean Croxton

“RDNS have been my lifesaver. Not only have they helped me with my stoma, I have had falls and they have supported me throughout my recovery. They are just marvelous,” Jean said.

“My life has not been easy. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, my only sister died, and I adopted her newborn daughter.

“I have learnt it’s not what happens to people in life, but how you handle it. I like telling people that if you are given lemons, turn them into lemonade.” 

Alison Swallow, RDNS Case Coordinator, who has been helping Jean for years, says she’s an inspiration for all.

“Jean is a truly inspiring lady. She always puts a smile on my face and puts into perspective what’s important in life.”

For more information about RDNS or their services, call 1300 364 264 or visit the website. 

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Media Contact

Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 08 6318 7633 | E Hannah.Campbell@silverchain.org.au

About Silver Chain Group



We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.

We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.

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