Why I do what I do…by Dr Veronique Schocroft

How did I get into Chiropractic? Well it started back when I was a kid.

Growing up I was really close with my grandma, we called her “Noona.” Every holiday I would visit her and my Gramps in South Australia where we would go adventuring and make memories.

Soon after I was born Noona was diagnosed with kidney cancer. She had one of her kidneys removed, but after a good recovery she continued living a full and happy life. Then when I was about 10 years old she was diagnosed with cancer in her remaining kidney, and it had to be removed as well.

So here she was: kidney-less, and facing a life of dialysis.

For those who don’t know, dialysis is a process that cleans your blood by removing waste, salt and excess fluid, taking over the role of the kidneys [1]. The procedure takes around 6 hours and needs repeating 2-3 times a week depending on your size. Noona was petite so she needed 6 hours of dialysis, twice a week. Aside from the inevitable aches and pains you get from sitting in a chair for 6 hours straight, dialysis is draining and Noona took a hit.

I kept visiting Noona every school holidays. We still adventured, but pain had slowed her down and it was hard to see her like that. I watched her give up golf and tennis, as well as other pastimes that had brought her joy. However, I knew what hurt her most was how pain took her away from being with the ones she loved.

After 5 years’ free from cancer she would have been eligible for a kidney transplant. At her 5 year check-up the doctors found the cancer had spread throughout her body, and she was given 12 months to live.

My grandma, Noona, Patricia, died of metastatic cancer when I was 18 years old. I was in my first year of chiropractic college, and she is the reason I chose a career in health care.

I am excited that every day I get to help people live lives without pain. That I get to help them do what they love, and keep sharing life with the people they love the most.

If you would like to book an appointment with me, call the girls on 9815 2555 or you can book online at https://bookings.nookal.com/bookings/location/MSFBY?.

[1]https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dialysisinfo

By Dr Veronique Schocroft Chiropractor at Glenferrie Sports and Spinal Clinic in Hawthorn at the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre.