WHEN a life has been gripped by disease or serious injury the ongoing treatment needed for survival can be almost as unbearable as the condition itself.
The struggle is intensified for families far from specialist care who travel vast distances in the battle to keep loved ones alive.
Finding accommodation in an unfamiliar city is a burden that has been solved for thousands of patients and their families who stay at Toowoomba's Glennon House each year.
But the low-cost lodging house is at a crossroads. A long-term plan to redevelop its current site is driving a revitalisation of the business.
Volunteers last month faced a decision to either cut their losses or look for an alternative site.
It was a choice between giving up or continuing to provide a service that has helped 15,000 people over the past five years.
Relocation project officer Dan McCabe is confident the team's commitment to making the move was the right decision.
His faith has been paid off, at least in some small part, by the announcement that nearby Leichhardt Motor Inn could become Glennon House's new home.
The relocation is not likely to happen for another two years and the inn's owner Peter Payne has told volunteers they would get first preference when it goes to market.
"I'm not in any hurry to sell and they're not in any hurry to buy. But I've given them the option and said they would get first choice," he said.
Though a significant win, it is by no means the end of the organisation's struggles.
Close to $2.5 million will need to be raised in the next two years if the move is to become a reality.
Mr McCabe said it would require commitment from communities across the state that use the service.
Long-term lodgers like Thallon resident Shirley Wark would be at a loss if the service was to cease.
She has been a regular at Glennon House since her husband came to Toowoomba for a hip replacement in 2010.
"It was fine for six weeks then it got infected," she said.
"Without Glennon House I don't know what would have happened.
"We just wouldn't be able to afford to stay in Toowoomba."