Nurse gives back to can­cer cen­tre

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

SO­LARIS Can­cer Cen­tre Cottesloe pa­tient Em­i­lie Simp­son helped raise $800 from her Dry July ef­fort.

The reg­is­tered nurse was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in June last year.

Now can­cer-free, Miss Simp­son said she wanted to give back to the cen­tre that helped her get through a dark pe­riod of her life.

“I was able to use the mas­sages, Reiki, re­flex­ol­ogy and the pam­per­ing of the soul side of things as well as cour­ses over time which helped build up my strength,” she said.

The Spear­wood res­i­dent said she stopped drink­ing al­co­hol for a month to raise money for the cour­ses that helped her re­assess where her life was head­ing.

“No one ever re­ally ex­pects to get can­cer,” she said.

“You’re go­ing one di­rec­tion and then sud­denly overnight your life is com­pletely changed and you’re go­ing through treat­ment and it’s so reg­i­mented that when you’re fin­ished at the end you don’t re­ally know what the new you is like.

“This place (the cen­tre) has been amaz­ing, see­ing all the friendly faces.

“They un­der­stand what you’re go­ing through and you can turn up and say you’re not feel­ing your­self and peo­ple un­der­stand that.”

So­laris Can­cer Care chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ed­wards said Dry July raised more than $49,200 to sup­port five cen­tres in WA.

He said the money raised would en­able the cen­tres to ex­pand their range of ser­vices for can­cer pa­tients in ways that would have oth­er­wise been un­achiev­able.

“Given the eco­nomic cli­mate within WA and the as­so­ci­ated fis­cal re­straints, Dry July funds re­main crit­i­cal to the growth and sus­tain­abil­ity of state-wide So­laris Can­cer Care Ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

Dry July funds will go to­wards en­gag­ing with a di­eti­cian to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing nu­tri­tion and can­cer.

The funds will also go to­wards pro­vid­ing an­swers to ques­tions peo­ple have about diet and nu­tri­tion dur­ing and af­ter can­cer treat­ment.

Another area to ben­e­fit will be pa­tient ther­apy ses­sions, as well as the pur­chase of ipads, Kin­dles, ebooks and mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tions, stylish and com­fort­able head­wear, yoga equip­ment and lip balms for pam­per packs.

The Dry July cam­paign will for­mally kick off again in May.­mu­ni­ d489040

Nurse Em­i­lie Simp­son.

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