Nee­dles and thread

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

JUST over a year ago, Robina Crook said she was no stranger to 14hour work­ing days but six months later, she strug­gled to walk around the park by her­self.

Doc­tors di­ag­nosed the Dianella res­i­dent with breast can­cer in June last year af­ter she said she knew some­thing was not right.

“The doc­tors asked me to come in and I al­ready knew what was about to hap­pen,” Ms Crook said.

She said she re­quested the same sur­geon who op­er­ated on her mother when she had breast can­cer.

“I had a lumpec­tomy within a week and a half and started six rounds of chemo­ther­apy three weeks later.

“Be­fore and af­ter Christ­mas I had ra­di­a­tion and then a mas­tec­tomy three weeks later. You don’t have time to think.”

She raised money for Dry July to help Su­bi­aco can­cer care cen­tre So­lar­isCare, where she said she spent al­most ev­ery Thurs­day for mas­sage, heal­ing touch, re­flex­ol­ogy and coun­selling dur­ing her 12 months of treat­ment.

“When you think you’re go­ing to die and you don’t have any­one around you, hav­ing some­one that will hold you is re­ally ground­ing, some­thing I would never have un­der­stood when I was well,” Ms Crook said.

Ms Crook said one of the vol­un­teers at the cen­tre sug­gested she try needle­work or crafts.

“Derise (the vol­un­teer) brought in some work for me and I made a cos­tume for a com­pe­ti­tion in New Zealand called World of Wearable Art,” Ms Crook said.

“The day the pic­tures of the cos­tume were due was the day be­fore my mas­tec­tomy, so in­stead of sit­ting for six weeks and freak­ing out about the op­er­a­tion, I was stay­ing up till 3am sewing and work­ing on the dress,” she said.

“Its pur­pose was to dis­tract me and it worked re­ally well.”

Ms Crook said she now spent more time with her friends and fam­ily.

Sewing helped Robina Crook through breast can­cer treat­ment.

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