Following 28 years of service as a paediatric nurse at Mater Children’s Hospital, Julie was just beginning to settle in after transferring to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, when she noticed a lump in her breast.
A mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy confirmed that the lump was in fact breast cancer.
Julie was faced with one of the biggest challenges in her life.
She began six months of chemotherapy treatment to control the cancer, before having to undergo mastectomy surgery and further radiation therapy.
Julie continued to work part-time, caring for sick children throughout her chemotherapy, until almost the end of her treatment when she began to feel too weak and unwell.
“It’s not something you can understand completely until you have to go through it yourself,” Julie said.
“The diagnosis was distressing, but the treatment process was the real challenge.”
Mater Chicks in Pink was able to support Julie throughout her treatment by providing a cleaner to make sure that she was able to rest and recover in a clean home environment.
My journey was made easier through the generosity of Mater Chicks in Pink.
They gifted me with a cleaning service and I was so grateful that every fortnight a lovely young lady arrived and did what I couldn’t."
“It took the pressure off me to keep going at home when I wasn’t well. It enabled me to rest at home or do something nice for myself without having to worry about the chores.”
Julie has now finished all of her treatments and is looking forward to recovering fully and feeling better again.
By supporting Mater Chicks in Pink, you are directly helping improve the lives of women like Julie, who are living with breast cancer.
Improving treatment for late stage breast cancer.
Research into Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Looking at the behaviour of cancer cells.
This remarkable young woman is just 23.
Friendship lives on, even when those we love have gone.
Save a life today by donating to Mater Chicks in Pink before Friday 30 June.