Margaret watched breast cancer impact three generations—her great grandmother, her grandmother, and her mum. So when her best friend was diagnosed, she turned to Cancer Council 13 11 20.
“Janice was like my sister. The first time I was alone after she told me the news, I cried for what felt like hours.
We went through it together. I sat with her through every chemo session, and I shaved my head so she didn’t have to do it alone. But there were some questions I couldn’t answer, so I put her in touch with Cancer Council SA.
That’s the thing about cancer: it’s horrific for those going through it and can be really devastating to the people who are supporting them.
I called 13 11 20 myself and I found it so helpful to chat through my own concerns with the nurse. It eased my mind and helped me to better support Janice, too.
She is now in remission. I couldn’t be more grateful to have my beautiful friend by my side. Since then, my ex-husband has stayed at Cancer Council Lodge while in Adelaide for prostate cancer treatment. It blew my mind to see how supportive they were and it cemented my appreciation of the role Cancer Council plays for so many people.
Hopefully they’ll have to wait a little while, but my little contribution (whenever it happens) will be a gift to help Cancer Council SA continue their important work.”