Walk for bet­ter life

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

JANET Kake has been di­ag­nosed with breast cancer not once, but three times.

The Eu­mundi lo­cal, 53, was first di­ag­nosed with cancer at only 33-years-old, with her most re­cent re-oc­cur­rence just three years ago.

“The first time I was di­ag­nosed, I only went to see the doc­tor be­cause I had a pain un­der my arm – luck­ily, he was very ex­pe­ri­enced and sent me for a mam­mo­gram straight away,” Ms Kake said.

“My most re­cent di­ag­no­sis came only two weeks af­ter I had told my par­ents I had de­cided to have a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.

“It was while I was go­ing through that process that I was told I had cancer again.”

De­spite tax­ing treat­ment and surg­eries – Ms Kake had five cancer surg­eries within one year alone – she sees her cancer ex­pe­ri­ence as a gift.

“Ev­ery time I had breast cancer I learnt more about my­self and pri­ori­tised what was truly im­por­tant, such as spend­ing time with my chil­dren,” she said.

In hon­our of her re­silience, pos­i­tiv­ity and pas­sion for rais­ing aware­ness, Ms Kake has been named Face of the 2017 Sun­shine Coast Walk For Women’s Can­cers.

Walk For Women’s Can­cers, to be held Satur­day, Septem­ber 2 in Alexan­dra Head­land, is a fun-filled walk that sees lo­cals come to­gether, dressed in pink, to fundraise for Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land.

“I had a great net­work of friends and fam­ily which made all the dif­fer­ence; the rea­son I like to fundraise and spread the word about Cancer Coun­cil’s work is be­cause I know not every­one is as lucky to have that strong sup­port base,” Ms Kake said.

“If by shar­ing my story some­one is more vig­i­lant and learns to lis­ten to their body, it will be worth it, as early di­ag­no­sis gives a bet­ter chance of sur­vival.”

To reg­is­ter for the walk, visit can­cerqld.org.au/ walk­for­wom­en­scancers or phone the Cancer Coun­cil Fundrais­ing Hot­line on 1300 65 65 85.

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