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DOREEN'S STORY

Meet Doreen - CanCare Patient

At 90 years of age, there weren’t many things that were left to surprise Doreen, but her breast cancer diagnosis was certainly one. Recalling that she hadn’t had a mammogram for a number of years and after self-examination, Doreen felt a lump. Following a check by her GP and further tests, she was told she had a 36mm lump in her breast.

Although coping with macular degeneration, an eye condition, Doreen still remains very active. ‘The macular has stopped me driving but that hasn’t kept me indoors too much,’ she says before detailing her visits to her Probus clubs, musical mornings, lunches, visits to the cinema, church attendance and outings with her friends.

“They were wonderful, always so attentive and caring. I couldn’t speak highly enough of them and CanCare are wonderful. They were true support, right from the start. I would be happy to recommend CanCare to anyone.” Said Doreen.

Doreen’s CanCare helpers, Sha, Lupa and Ross first helped her arrange transport, then accompanied her to her radiotherapy. They helped with reading the literature and supported her with a friendly coffee and a chat before each session got underway.

 

‘They were wonderful and so attentive and caring,’ Doreen said. It’s easy to hear the affection and gratitude in her voice as she continues, ‘I couldn’t speak highly enough of them and CanCare are wonderful. They were a true support, right from the start. I would be happy to recommend them to anyone.’

Doreen’s radiotherapy treatment has now finished and while she’s still ‘a little up and down’ she had no side effects from the treatment itself.

 

Today she still lives in the house her husband built that they moved into the night they married over 70 years ago.

 

She says ‘There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.’

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