Breast cancer journey moves Amanda out of comfort zone

Icon Writer / 13 Jun, 2024

Mount Cotton resident, Amanda admits her breast cancer journey has given her a new lease on life.

Amanda was diagnosed with stage 1 triple negative breast cancer in May 2023, after discovering a lump in her left breast.

The 58-year-old had undergone a mammogram seven months earlier.

“My diagnosis was a shock, considering my mammogram was clear a few months earlier. But I tried to remain positive about the outcome,” says Amanda.

“I have two daughters, one who lives in Sydney and the other who works and travels overseas. I had to tell them over the phone, which was difficult. I struggled telling them. My husband has been very supportive from day one and we have always looked on the bright side and laughed our way through the process.”

Over the past year, Amanda has undergone numerous treatments, including intravenous chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, radiation therapy and chemotherapy tablets, which are ongoing.

Amanda is thankful for the care she received at Icon Cancer Centre Redland, where she underwent her radiation therapy. She also credits the team for supporting her post-cancer treatment, which has driven her to try things she wouldn’t have done before her diagnosis.

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“The staff (at Icon Redland) were lovely and caring, especially nurse Nelia. The radiation therapy staff were great and always explained what was happening,” says Amanda.

“Nelia referred me to (Move4Cancer) exercise group, which I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for her. I am not a gym person at all and have not been since I was 25. I thought I would give it a go for the eight-week program to see what happens. I actually loved it and the staff there are just great. I looked forward to going twice a week and since it has finished, I joined up for an ongoing group and have been going twice a week. It’s a good environment for those with health issues.

“Joining a gym is something I would have never done previously. I have also finally overcome my fear of snorkelling and attempted it successfully. I am willing to give things a go now that I would not have previously done.”

Amanda, who works as an assessment officer with the Queensland Government, also holds down a part-time job in a women’s fashion store.

“They have been wonderful throughout this journey and have accommodated me in every way possible and supported me, which is great,” says Amanda.

Amanda now plans to make the most of life following her cancer journey by spending time doing the things she loves like watching her beloved Paramatta Eels NRL team, walking, hiking and travelling.

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