MEET Jenny – CanCare Patient

As we chat, it’s clear that the focus of Jenny’s life has always been her family. After moving to Sydney from Hong Kong many years ago to be near her family and their now grown up children, Jenny’s devotion to her family has clearly shaped her life.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she had just returned from celebrating her daughter’s wedding overseas. After a mammogram found a lump in her breast, the shock took her very much by surprise.

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy followed. As someone who had always been proudly independent, trying to run the small family business and not wishing to burden her family with worry, Jenny found there was an emotional toll as well as a physical one, as she tried to stay strong for everyone else.

Having a CanCare volunteer to help her, when she has always been the one to help others, has been one of the small but important parts of Jenny’s cancer recovery.

A warm and welcome relief from some of the worries came when she met Noi, her CanCare volunteer Navigator. As the two ladies of similar ages and cultural backgrounds took to having tea in between appointments, a warm friendship developed.

While Jenny says she’s been able to lead a relatively normal life during her cancer, which she thinks is from being in generally good health, she had also struggled with feelings of loneliness. Ironically, worry about the rest of the family worrying about her had been Jenny’s biggest anxiety during her cancer.

“Reconciling that there are some things that are simply out of your control has been the hardest part.” Jenny says.

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