Sue’s Story

BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR HELPING PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CANCER IN WESTERN SYDNEY

When Sue had cancer she received support from Cancer Council NSW. Now she volunteers at the Cancer Council Information Service in Western Sydney, helping people affected by cancer.

Sue was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49. She was diagnosed with breast cancer again 13 years later, and was advised a double mastectomy was necessary.

The turning point for Sue was when she started to feel overwhelmed by cancer’s emotional toll.

“On the surface I looked really good. But inside I was churning. I was looking at people thinking, ‘Why me? Why not them?’”

A friend recommended she called Cancer Council NSW on 13 11 20 where she spoke to a Cancer Council NSW health professional who helped her understand and work through the new emotions she was experiencing.

“I don’t know that man’s name, but I thank him a lot.”

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“Sometimes it’s important to know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I represent that light occasionally.”

Sue and her husband Greg now volunteer with Cancer Council NSW’s support services in Western Sydney.

Western Sydney has a multicultural community, with people who speak many languages, and some come from countries where information about cancer is not readily available. This means there are many people who simply aren’t aware just how much cancer can affect their life.

Sue has a background in teaching English to refugees, and is fluent in multiple languages, so she can provide easy to understand information about cancer and the support services Cancer Council NSW has available to people from all backgrounds.

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Cancer Council Information Services are provided within treatment centres across NSW, offering information on cancer and a range of support services.

She’s also there to listen and support people who are there to see a specialist, or are going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

For Sue it’s always important to offer support and information for the carers as well because she understands just how much cancer affects them too, knowing how much her experience with cancer affected her husband Greg.

If you would like to learn more about the Cancer Council Information Services available in treatment centres across NSW, you can find details on our website and search for a centre near you.

If you have been affected by cancer and want to learn more about Cancer Council NSW support services in your area, call our specially trained team on 13 11 20 or contact us online.

If you have been affected by cancer and want to learn more about Cancer Council NSW support services in your area, call our specially trained team on 13 11 20 or contact us online.

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