Aisling and Margaret's story
As a breast cancer patient, I just wanted to say thank you for supporting me and other women on this tough long journey.
My name’s Susan, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share the significance and impact of your Fun Run and the funds you’ll be able to raise. I don’t think many people would have a better view of just how much you help, than me!
I married my wife Annette at the end of Feb 2021. We didn’t fully appreciate until the next lockdown how lucky we were to pull off a party of almost 80 people—with dancing—on our COVID-delayed special day.
But I had no idea what was still coming…
Just a few months after our wedding, by June, I noticed a lump in my left breast.
Within the next eight days I’d visited my GP, underwent a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy and was back with my GP being diagnosed with breast cancer. As shocking as this was, I was grateful not to have been in a state of uncertainty for longer.
And there began the gathering of my team of specialists and preparation for treatment—PET-CT for tumour staging, placement of titanium markers in the tumour and surgery to insert a device for chemotherapy delivery. When the chemotherapy began, the drug known as the Red Devil really kicked the crap out of me. It was incredibly tough for Annette to watch.
What most people don’t realise about cancer treatment is how much time it consumes. Cancer takes a chunk out of your life that you don’t get back, and you need extra support to get through life and keep strong.
That’s exactly what I’ve had at Mater: great support from caring people who really know exactly what they’re doing. I’ve felt like I’ve been in the best hands in the world.
Care from my breast care nurses, check-ins on my mental health, support via phone calls when I’ve been down, and if I’d needed it I could have accessed financial help too.
Plus, the funds being raised through Fun Run help fund equipment and technology that we need to treat cancer, as well as cancer research.
I work in research and know the future benefits this work can promise, just like it’s done for the last 50 years and more. My hope is that current research will make the cure less onerous for women who receive this diagnosis in future.
This is why I’m so thankful from the very bottom of my heart for everything you’re doing for women like me by fundraising for Mater Chicks in Pink.
I’m so grateful for you and I wish you all the best as you prepare for an incredible Fun Run!
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