Head down to Stanley Street Plaza during the week where a moving ‘Survivor Gallery’ will be installed on the walls, featuring the personal stories of breast cancer survivors.
These raw accounts are poignant, courageous and utterly inspiring. Here, Jurina shares her story…
We had just moved from Adelaide to Brisbane when I was diagnosed. At that time an Adelaide friend had recently told me she had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, so I was thinking a lot about my friend. I was still unpacking in my new home and knew very few people locally, most of my friends and relatives were interstate or overseas and my husband worked away from home.
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I experienced difficulties navigating the Queensland Health System but I was fortunate to find a doctor who could help me make the right decisions.
At the time I also really struggled to find help and information on the internet, and I could not find any support groups in my local area. Then I heard about a Breast Cancer Network Australia ‘Silent Walk’ to be held in Brisbane and decided to attend to plant a white lady in memory of my Adelaide friend who had since died. At the Silent Walk I found out about the work of Breast Cancer Network Australia and all their actions to improve support for women with breast cancer and their families. I also found information about other support organisations, which I found really helpful.
My Breast Cancer Network Australia Experience
By becoming a member of Breast Cancer Network Australia I have built my confidence and learnt how to help others, and through this I discovered that we can all make a real difference.