Happy to share breast can­cer ex­pe­ri­ences

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Last week the Be­nalla Breast Can­cer Sup­port Group met for the first time — 17 ladies, all re­cently di­ag­nosed and liv­ing in Be­nalla Ru­ral City, met at Rustik Cafe´ & Wine Bar for break­fast and a chat.

In most cases the ladies did not know there were so many oth­ers en­dur­ing the same dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, and many were de­lighted just to be able to speak to peo­ple, and to share health tips and tricks.

Julie at Rustik went out of her way to en­sure ev­ery­one felt wel­come, and the group looks for­ward to go­ing back there for more meet­ings.

The group has been formed purely as a so­cial gath­er­ing where peo­ple re­cently di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer can get to­gether to dis­cuss prob­lems, thoughts, ideas and to help each other with sug­ges­tions or just to lis­ten and make some new friends.

Ev­ery­one who turned up — about 50 per cent of the re­cently di­ag­nosed suf­fer­ers in Be­nalla, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal breast care nurse Kerry Pat­ford — said they were keen to come back to fu­ture meet­ings, and or­gan­is­ers hope some of the oth­ers will join in the fu­ture.

Or­gan­iser Anne-Marie Green­way said the sup­port group would hold two meet­ings per month.

‘‘One will be an early break­fast for those who are work­ing, and one mid-morn­ing for those who pre­fer a lie-in,’’ she said.

‘‘The next cof­fee meet­ing is planned for Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the group and would like to come along and have a cof­fee or tea with like­minded peo­ple please give us a call.’’

All peo­ple in Be­nalla who have been di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer dur­ing the past five years are wel­come, phone Anne-Marie on 0417 196 368 or Evelin on 0407 489 094 if you are in­ter­ested and they will send you a list of dates, times and venues.

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