Serving others as she fights cancer
A selfless grandmother is putting her husband’s leukemia battle and her job as a carer before her own fight with cancer.
Every day, 65-year-old Terezia Szuklics combines her job as a full time carer with looking after her husband Adolf.
Any time she has left in her day is spent looking after anyone else who needs her help – before she attends to her private battle with breast cancer.
“It’s hard work, but that’s life,” Mrs Szuklics said.
On top of working as a Paramedical Aid for Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) for more than a decade, Mrs Szuklics has cared for her husband of 26 years as he fights Leukemia.
Adolf & Terezia Szuklics
“As well as working full time, I have to do everything for my husband,” Mrs Szuklics said.
“It’s exhausting, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Mrs Szuklics, who is now facing a battle of her own following a breast cancer diagnosis, said it is highly rewarding to make the lives of others better, especially her husband’s.
“Although my health isn’t the best, I will always be there for my husband,” Mrs Szuklics added.
“Some days are hard, but as a carer I have met a lot of beautiful people.
“The best feeling is when my clients call our 24-hour call center and request me to visit.”
Kai Schmidt, RDNS General Manager, said that Mrs Szuklics is one of almost 200 RDNS carers who provide the highest quality care to keep South Australians safe.
“Terezia is a truly remarkable woman and an inspiration to so many,” Mr Schmidt said.
“Not only does Mrs Szuklics care for her husband around the clock, but she also helps others continue to live independently at home.”
From 13-19 October, carers like Terezia Szuklics are being acknowledged during National Carers Week. The week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness about the diversity of carers and their roles in our communities.
Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 0425 551 186 | | E Hannah.Campbell@silverchain.org.au
RDNS is part of the 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 3,550 staff and 280 volunteers, we assist more than 103,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.