- She had a meeting booked for June 23.
But Jenny Barlow's two-year dream of sitting in the office of the prime minister never materialised.
It was the day the Labour Party moved against Kevin Rudd, and by 10am on June 24 he had been rolled out the door.
Barlow had campaigned all the way to the prime minister's door for a new and sometimes controversial cancer treatment known as hyperthermia.
Her campaign has taken her around the world and taught the lady from Boggabri in the NSW north how to handle politicians, journalists and bureaucrats.
Hyperthermia therapy is also known as radiowave.
It involves exposing tissue to high temperatures to damage and kill cancer cells.
Barlow wants hyperthermia therapy to become Australia's fourth mainstream treatment for the disease - she wants it to sit alongside surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Hyperthermia works best on so-called "deep-seated" tumours such as those seen in bowel cancer.
All of this started for Barlow when her husband Ross was diagnosed with multiple myeloma - a type of blood cancer that erodes bones.
He travelled to Ireland for the treatment and had five sessions of it before dying.
"He had very few side-effects because it was non-destructive to the body," Barlow told AAP.
"Ross lived much longer than expected, his pain was totally controlled, and after the last treatment he was able to get back on an exercise bike."
Along the road to Canberra, the campaigner has made plenty of friends.
Alan Jones, Mark Waugh, Ken Rosewall, Layne Beachley and Benny Elias have all heard from Barlow.
And now she wants Prime Minister Julia Gillard to hear her.
"It might be an election, but she can still meet me," Barlow says.
She has plans to hit the urban airwaves in the fortnight before polling day and is hopeful of appearing on commercial TV.
But so far no promise of a meeting with Ms Gillard.
Barlow has everything ready for the meeting.
Papers have been written, doctors across the globe are ready to back her campaign, and more than a few politicians are pushing her cause.
One of them is her local federal MP, the popular independent Tony Windsor.
"Mrs Barlow is not asking for funds to build the clinic or conduct the research," he said.
"She just wants the appropriate health professionals to be funded to monitor the outcomes of the treatment - surely a sensible procedure and request."