Ella Baché CEO Pippa Hallas affectionately describes her mother as a “Mum Mum” devoted to her family and their wellbeing. Pippa also points out that Merrilyn was a fourth generation Aussie who just got on with life, she was very brave, and didn’t complain when things went wrong because “she’ll be right”. But, unfortunately, she wasn’t. (pictured: Merrilyn & Pippa)
In March 2017, Pippa’s Mum ended up in hospital after constant diarrhoea. The doctors called Pippa and her brother into the hospital. “We knew it wasn’t good, but the last thing on our minds was uterine cancer. I hadn’t even heard of it,” Pippa says. “Turns out, it’s the most common type of gynaecological cancer in Australia. But who talks about it? Certainly not the GPs.” Pippa’s Mum had complained previously that her tummy wasn’t quite right, but the GP put it down to side effects from strong antibiotics she’d taken for an infection on her arm.