Telling It Like It Is: 23 Breast Cancer Journeys
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Fully supported by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this is a collection of first-hand accounts and experiences from people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Every year, thousands of Australians discover they have breast cancer. It could affect you, someone in your family, your friend, your workmate. Whatever links you to breast cancer, tELLING It LIKE It IS: 23 BREASt CANCER JOURNEYS reminds you that you are not alone. Fully supported by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this is a collection of first-hand accounts and experiences from people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. this life-affirming book is the vision of acclaimed Queensland sports journalist AnneMarie White OAM. She conveys her own experiences via emails sent to her inner circle over the course of her treatment for breast cancer. to capture the stories of the other 21 women and one man in the book, White conducted months of interviews. the result is nothing less than extraordinary. At times inspiring, hopeful and wistful; sometimes confronting and angry and sad, these are the voices of spirited contemporary Australians. Contributors include Susan Duncan, Ros Kelly, Kerryn McCann and Professor Fiona Stanley AC.
a small lump, had it tested and it was found to be just a calcified spot. But blow me down if this cancer wasn’t in exactly that same spot. ‘When they confirmed it was cancer I went cold, my brain froze and, coming on top of the other cancer, I did feel I’d had a hard run,’ she confesses. Jocelyn wasn’t entirely surprised at being diagnosed with breast cancer. Both her mother and her grandmother and, she has since discovered, other family members had breast cancer. ‘So it was something that you
was not about to die, this seemed a death sentence for her. ‘She was also very protective of me and didn’t let me know how badly she took the news. Thank goodness I didn’t know, because I’m not sure I could have handled the grief and concerns of my little girl so far away from home. ‘I tried to convince her I was fine, that I didn’t look any different, and that I was coping fine. But my husband pulled me up, saying, “What are we doing to her? Hanne has a real need to come back to the family and
She was offered radiotherapy treatment and was told there was no need to have chemotherapy. ‘That was the best available treatment at the time. With hindsight, had I had chemo then, the cancer may not have recurred—I really don’t know. At the time, I wasn’t nervous about not doing chemo; I was absolutely thrilled to not have to go through it.’ When she was in hospital Janelle was offered a support visitor, but of course, once again displaying her independent nature, she told them she was fine:
been the case when she had radiotherapy, breast reconstruction was still in its early days. Unfortunately, the implant went hard the very day after her operation. ‘So since then I have had a very lopsided appearance because my left breast was hard and small whilst my right side grew almost huge in comparison: so much so that I had to wear an oil prosthesis on top of the implant. And, of course, being me, I kept it there until two years ago. I would say I just couldn’t be bothered. It also
cross out the C for Cancer and put K for Kokoda because everything I did was like going through my own personal Kokoda challenge.’ I meet Carole Haddad at her trendy hair salon at Brisbane’s Southbank. After giving a client’s hair a final buff, she sweeps through the salon, her high-octane energy buzzing, to attend to business before our interview. The now beautifully coiffured client whispers to me, ‘Isn’t she amazing? We were all there for her because we love Carole and admired the way she