Happy to share breast cancer experiences
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.