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Lessons from October

Posted by Tina Doueihi on

Pinktober is well and truly over.  The pink ribbons are packed away, news stories have slowed down and the pink events are over until next year. So what have we learnt from Pinktober? I would say that there were many lessons and yet there is still more to learn. Thankfully, people are starting to understand that breast cancer is beyond pink.  It is real and nasty.  It cannot be tied up in a pretty pink ribbon.  It is more than a pink a ribbon.  Breast cancer affects real people, their families and their lives.  The McGrath Foundation recently published survey...

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Helpful Hints

Posted by Tina Doueihi on

Helpful Hints

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Friday, 18 April 2008.  That day is seared into my memory and I can honestly detail every moment of that day.  From that day my life was divided into two parts – before cancer (BC) and after diagnosis (AD). When I heard the words that I honestly never thought I would hear in my life, I broke down in tears.  My world changed that day.  I made the decision to follow the advice of my medical team.  My treatment was a mastectomy with an immediate reconstruction, chemo and now the joys of tamoxifen. ...

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Breast cancer is beyond Pink

Posted by Tina Doueihi on

Breast cancer is beyond Pink

It is October which is the start of International Breast Cancer Awareness month. I personally have mixed feelings about October and the overdose of pink, yet I am conscious that this time of year is important in not only raising awareness of this horrible disease but also much needed funds into research, treatment, new medications and support care. Breast cancer is beyond pink. The message of awareness is still very important and I ask you to please, please, please check your breasts. Awareness is more than a pink event or buying pink endorsed merchandise. Awareness is knowing the symptoms of...

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No down days allowed!!!

Posted by Tina Doueihi on

I want to start this blog by stating that as a breast cancer survivor I am extremely grateful that I am alive and well.  It has been 8 years since I was diagnosed with the disease. Now, despite my gratefulness, I have down days.  Nothing unusual there.  I am human, and I ride the cycle of emotions of daily living which include absolute highs and lows and in-between too.  Yet, as I survivor, I feel that I am not allowed to have down days.  This feeling comes from the wider community.  I constantly hear comments such as “You are lucky...

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Olympic Gold

Posted by Tina Doueihi on

Olympic Gold

Last month was the Olympics…or as we Aussies call it, the ‘lympics. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love watching the ‘lympics.  As someone who has two left feet and no athletic ability, it constantly amazes me how talented each and every participant is.  Just making the team is amazing and I am in awe of the athletes.  Watching the ‘lympics had me thinking about the all the hard work and sacrifice these elite athletes have made to follow their dreams.  There is a lot of behind the scenes work that we do not see.  Sacrifice not only...

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