30 May 1945 – 11 December 2009
BEGINNING OF MY JOURNEY
I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1987 at the age of 42. I underwent a mastectomy, followed by 6 months of chemotherapy.
DIAGNOSIS OF SECONDARIES
In September 2007 an episode of severe back pain initiated a visit to my GP. Following a series of bone scans, MRI’s and various other medical tests I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer. I was devastated after having been Cancer free for over 20 years.
I am currently undergoing a second course of chemotherapy and began taking Femara 4 months ago. A short course of radiotherapy has successfully relieved the lower back and hip pain that initially led to my diagnosis.
I find I am coping with my current treatment as nausea is not a side effect of the chemotherapy I am receiving. I am slowly getting back to living my life, exercising regularly and beginning to make plans for my future.
I am living in Brisbane at present whilst undergoing treatment, however I hope that I will soon be able to return home to Lismore in northern NSW.
ABOUT MY FAMILY
My husband is at home running a cattle property and I am supported by 4 daughters who all live in Brisbane. My son lives in Sydney and keeps in regular contact. I am fortunate to have 6 adorable grandchildren with another on the way. Family support and a positive attitude will help me get through the next chapter of my life.