Flower power

Heart­felt mes­sage from Nar­ro­gin’s Lana Grzinic on Daf­fodil Day.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

It is good to know that there are or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Can­cer Coun­cil. Lana Grzinic

Nar­ro­gin res­i­dent Lana Grzinic spent last Fri­day spread­ing the word of the sig­nif­i­cant work done by the Can­cer Coun­cil for Daf­fodil Day.

The day holds par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for Mrs Grzinic, whose world was turned up­side down when she was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 2013.

Fol­low­ing her di­ag­no­sis, Mrs Grzinic un­der­went a sin­gle mas­tec­tomy, fol­lowed by a breast re­con­struc­tion and chemo­ther­apy.

“My kids were just five and 10 at the time and all they re­mem­ber is their mum be­ing very sick and in and out of hospi­tal,” she said.

“It was a very hard time for the whole fam­ily with my hus­band hav­ing to take on my role whilst I was up in Perth for treat­ment.”

In March this year, the 46-yearold nurse no­ticed a lump and changes to her skin on her right breast.

Af­ter book­ing in for a rou­tine check-up, Mrs Grzinic was told the can­cer had re­turned.

Mrs Grzinic is cur­rently stay­ing at Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s Mil­roy Lodge, one of two ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties for coun­try can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies in Perth.

“You can have two or three ap­point­ments in one day so it is great to be able to take away the stress of nav­i­gat­ing city traf­fic or wor­ry­ing about park­ing,” she said.

“Ini­tially I had my own reser­va­tions about be­ing in a big group area and shar­ing a kitchen to pre­pare my meals, but ev­ery­one at the lodge has been very friendly.

“It is good to know that there are or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Can­cer Coun­cil that can help peo­ple from the coun­try.”

Pic­ture: Can­cer Coun­cil WA

Lana Grzinic at the Mil­roy Lodge.

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