Kim keen to share her can­cer jour­ney

Pink rib­bon aware­ness day raises $3k for breast can­cer

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

MONTO’S Kim Poin­ton is shar­ing her breast can­cer jour­ney to the com­mu­nity with the re­lease of a video doc­u­men­tary by Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

Peo­ple from all over town turned up at Kim’s Kafe last Thurs­day for an aware­ness-rais­ing morn­ing tea, and the launch of the DVD cov­er­ing her jour­ney.

Roughly 65 peo­ple turned up to the cafe for the day, and raised $3000 for breast can­cer re­search.

The morn­ing tea was in­tended not only to raise aware­ness of the strug­gles of breast can­cer, but to pro­vide oth­ers with the op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether and talk in a friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

Kim was thank­ful to have such a sup­port­ive turnout from the com­mu­nity.

“It feels good to see peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate what I’ve done,” Kim said.

“I’ve had more peo­ple telling me they’ll be get­ting checked since see­ing the video.”

Wide Bay HHS asked Kim to take part in the video after her se­cond di­ag­no­sis.

She pre­vi­ously re­cov­ered from treat­ment in 2012 after re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Bris­bane and Bund­aberg.

The video was re­leased on Wide Bay HHS’s YouTube chan­nel on Oc­to­ber 1.

Breast can­cer re­mains the most com­mon can­cer among Aus­tralian women. Sur­vival rates con­tinue to im­prove in Aus­tralia, with 89 out of ev­ery 100 women di­ag­nosed with in­va­sive breast can­cer now sur­viv­ing five or more years be­yond di­ag­no­sis.

WBHHS Can­cer Care Ser­vice op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Ray John­son said he hoped any­one watch­ing Kim’s story took some in­spi­ra­tion from it.

“The idea be­hind this video diary, which is a first for WBHHS, was to look at the ex­pe­ri­ence of one wo­man with a view to it being very re­late­able for other women con­fronting some­thing sim­i­lar,” Mr John­son said.

But for Kim, the jour­ney is far from over.

“My 12 weekly chemo starts next Mon­day, I’ll be go­ing into Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal ev­ery week for treat­ment,” she said. “Then after that, I’ll be stay­ing in Bund­aberg for six weeks of ra­dium.”

Women aged 50-74 can book a free screen­ing with Breast­Screen by phon­ing 13 20 54.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

GOOD CAUSE: Kim Poin­ton (cen­tre) in­vited women with can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence to take part.

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