My daughter and sister both had breast cancer diagnoses, and so, in a way, I felt supported by their experiences and their triumphant attitudes towards the cancer.
Being diagnosed at the age of 84, made me consider not having any treatment; however, with their encouragement, I decided I could do it. One of my daughters looked after me through my mastectomy and the other stayed with me at the Cancer Council lodge and took me to radiation treatment, everyday for four weeks.
During these times I didn't feel alone. The staff at the Caboolture Hospital and RBWH were consistently kind and diligent in their care for me as a person. Even the Cancer Council bus driver, who took us each day to radiation was incredibly friendly and made each day that little bit better.
It is surprising how one can get used to such a big change in life and move on.