Julie's story

“It was like a cyclone, it’s not something you could ever be prepared for…” 


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.

Julie, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

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.


Mater Chicks in Pink

By supporting Mater Chicks in Pink you'll be making an immediate impact on women being treated for breast cancer at Mater, by funding tangible and timely support services like counselling and mastectomy bras—at a time when they need it most. Your funds will also support the work of researchers at Mater Research, who are working on the causes of, and developing potentially life-saving treatment for breast cancer.