Flower power

Midland Reporter - - News - Lisa Thomas

El­len­brook can­cer sur­vivor Cor­rina Hewlett is urg­ing com­mu­nity to get be­hind the Can­cer Coun­cil’s iconic fundrais­ing event, Daffodil Day.

LAST year, El­len­brook res­i­dent Cor­rina Hewlett was dealt dev­as­tat­ing news af­ter a rou­tine mam­mo­gram picked up in­va­sive lob­u­lar car­ci­noma, an ag­gres­sive form of breast can­cer.

The WA Po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer and mother of one said she was shat­tered by the news.

“I had a clear re­sult at 40, a clear re­sult at 42 and then at 44 they found the can­cer,” she said.

“I had a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, fol­lowed by breast re­con­struc­tive surgery and hor­mone-block­ing treat­ment.”

Just three weeks af­ter her surgery, Ms Hewlett re­turned back to work.

“For me, be­ing at work was eas­ier; I wanted the dis­trac­tion and the rou­tine,” she said.

“When you’re go­ing through some­thing like can­cer, things aren’t al­ways in your con­trol so it re­ally helped to go back to work when I was well enough af­ter my surgery.”

Through­out the or­deal, Ms Hewlett re­ceived an abun­dance of sup­port from her col­leagues at WA Po­lice in Mid­land.

“They were so sup­port- ive of me the whole time,” she said.

“My surgery was at the hos­pi­tal across the road from my work­place and my col­leagues were there with me at lunch time and af­ter work.

“To have their sup­port meant the world to me and my son.”

Ms Hewlett said Can­cer Coun­cil WA helped her phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally through­out her can­cer jour­ney.

“As a woman go­ing through breast can­cer, you don’t al­ways feel very nice about your­self and the changes that are hap­pen­ing to your body,” she said.

“They of­fered me a range of com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies that helped me to feel bet­ter about my­self, es­pe­cially af­ter the surg­eries.”

Can­cer Coun­cil’s iconic fundrais­ing event, Daffodil Day, will take place this year on Fri­day, Au­gust 24, to raise funds for life-sav­ing can­cer re­search.

The not-for-profit group is cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of the fundraiser with the re­lease of soft toy Po­lice­man Dou­gal, which will be ex­clu­sively avail­able for pur­chase in WA.

Money raised will en­able Can­cer Coun­cil WA to con­tinue its re­search and sup­port ser­vices.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Ricky Chad­wick, Cor­rina Hewlett, Act­ing In­spec­tor Mark Regel and Sergeant Lance Connop from the Mid­land po­lice sta­tion.

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