Dr Jane Turner on the ABC
Dr Jane Turner, who is on the Reference Group for this service, was on Radio National’s Ockam’s Razor on Sunday 7 February, talking about the impact that parental cancer and subsequent death has on children. To listen, go to this link, where you can either listen live, or download the podcast or the transcript of…
Workshop and Morning Tea 2012
Workshop for Women, Partners, Families and Friends On Saturday October 13 2012 a workshop was held for family and friends of Advanced Breast Cancer Group members. The workshop provided an opportunity to meet other members of the group, and Mary and Pia, face to face and to introduce family and friends. Dr Maree Colosimo was…
Walks with Seiko
I love her and she loves me. For the past twelve years Seiko and I have been constant companions. The bond between us is powerful and not fully understood. Her cataract-clouded eyes shine green in the light these days, but she can still sense when I am in need of her. The love simply…
Talking on Tuesdays
It’s Tuesday, so I do what I always do on a Tuesday. I get up and take my morphine and, to ward off the dreaded constipation, its ‘sad little mate’, coloxyl and senna. I shower and rub on the cream that has almost vanished the horrific burn I copped from the radiotherapy. I dress…
I remember the moment I discovered the first lump in my breast. I was at Phil’s unit for the long weekend. He lived in Sydney, and I in Brisbane. We were commuting regularly to spend time with each other, enjoying our romance. In hindsight, it was just as well I was at his place….
Group Get Together and Workshop 2012 On Saturday 24 March we held our 4th Get Together and Workshop for the group. Six women, three partners, three adult children and three friends attended what was for all another very enjoyable day. This workshop included a Q&A session with Dr Nicole McCarthy, Medical Oncologist, followed by a…
How the group benefits women
Dr David Spiegel outlined the goals of supportive-expressive group therapy (SEGT) in his book Group Therapy for Cancer Patients published in 2000 by Basic Books. Dr Spiegel, Stanford University, pioneered the use of SEGT with women with breast cancer and is the model we use for the group. Goals include: Overcoming isolation – like Margaret,…
Keep a history of your illness. Include dates of scans and results, as you will be asked these dates often. Ask your oncologist to explain what the results of investigations and tests mean.