Kim keen to share her cancer journey
Pink ribbon awareness day raises $3k for breast cancer
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.
GOOD CAUSE: Kim Pointon (centre) invited women with cancer experience to take part.